Thursday, January 29, 2015 Shevat 9, 5775

VAYEIRA, Genesis 18:1-22:24
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
This week, we read of the Binding of Isaac, one of the most difficult narratives to square with what we rightly regard as a religion of peace whose primary goal is to perfect the world. Rabbinic sources identify the attempted sacrifice of Abraham's heir as the patriarch's 10th and final test inflicted by the Almighty. Ever since uprooting himself and...
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LECH-LECHA, Genesis 12:1-17:27
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
Who out there is just a little bit relieved that the holidays are over? Of course, they were wonderful, but finally, we can say goodbye to all those relatives, our children can start their fall routine at school, and we can get something done at work. The Torah portions reflect this new rhythm as we settle into the narrative of...
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If not for a friend in a secular choir who referred him to a Jewish choral gig, Robert Ross might still be singing Christian requiems instead of Jewish psalms. He'd always identified as Jewish, but hardly had any experience with the religion while growing up, much less the music. "There were vestiges of Jewish life in our household, but it...
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NOAH, Genesis 6:9-11:32
By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
For centuries, our sages have debated the relative moral status of our sedra's title character. The Torah describes Noah as "wholehearted and righteous in his generation." Do these descriptors praise Noah -- or damn him? Some claim that maintaining one's moral compass during a depraved age represents high ethical achievement. Others state that Noah would have been dwarfed had he...
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The sun rose over Mount Sinai, illuminating the other-worldly landscape and imbuing the unusually thin parchment with a translucent glow. Reciting the Ten Commandments on the spot in Egypt that represents perhaps the best guess of where God, according to tradition, revealed the law to Moses amounted to a sort of homecoming for a 200-year-old Torah scroll, recalled Rabbi Marcia...
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