Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774

Tsav, Leviticus 6:1-8-36
By:
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
At the moment humans were created, our sages say, God gathered earth from the four points of the compass, as if to promise that wherever we die, the earth will be there to receive us. We are but borrowed soil, gathered and quickened into temporary life. Ever since, we human beings have been yearning for each other's company. This week's...
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While perhaps not as famous as "Why is this night different from all other nights?" the phrase, "Let all who are hungry, come and eat," is certainly one of the more familiar quotations from the Haggadah. And while there are varying interpretations of this concept, the notion of welcoming a stranger to the seder table is a central theme of...
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By:
Jon Erlbaum
What does it mean when we say that a person possesses a "Yiddishe Cup" (defined as a "Jewish head" or "Jewish way of thinking")? Throughout history, it has meant being good in school or exceeding in business, even to the extent of, say, outsmarting one's opponents. But the following story about the four cups of seder wine provides a far...
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Vayikra, Leviticus: 1:1-5:26
By:
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
A story is told about a teenager from a secular American family who, after a number of years of living in Israel, decided to become observant. Although the family had been living there for nearly five years, the boy's mother still prepared a stuffed-turkey dinner for Thanksgiving. Wanting to honor his parents, as well as keep the laws of the...
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By:
Sara Esther Crispe
Why are we shocked when a beautiful young woman takes back her abusive boyfriend? Or when someone refuses to leave a horrible marriage? From the outside looking in, it is impossible to comprehend choosing to remain in an unhealthy environment. It is so easy to feel that the person should simply get out! And no doubt, one should. But it...
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