Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Elul 28, 5774

SHOFTIM, Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9
By:
Rabbi Jeffery Schnitzer
It's no coincidence that we read the Torah portion of Shoftim on the first Sabbath of the Hebrew month of Elul, the month preceding Rosh Hashanah. It signals the time when we must begin the serious spiritual work of evaluating our deeds and actions -- our very lives -- as the Day of Judgment approaches. I've often wondered why it...
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Re'eh, Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
The portion we read on this last week of the month of Av begins with a simple, declarative sentence of seven Hebrew words. The first word is a verb in the imperative mode -- Re'eh: See. See. How often do we open our eyes and truly "see"? We live in a world where we are surrounded by wide screens filled...
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Shul's out for summer! Well, not quite: For the most part, services at area synagogues continue through July and August uninterrupted; and unlike teachers, rabbis generally don't have their summers off. But that doesn't mean that the warm-weather months don't offer religious leaders a bit of downtime. After all, this is the season when many synagogue activities come to a...
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In the warmer months, it's 'Devotion by the Ocean'
By:
Carin M. Smilk, JE Feature
It was the kind of day you wish for all winter long -- hot, sunny, with a gentle breeze that dried perspiration just as it started to form on brows and noses. The ocean was as calm and clear as a wading pool, and the weekend crowds hadn't yet begun to fill up Margate, N.J. But instead of relishing the...
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EKEV, Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
The colloquial expression "well-heeled" means to be wealthy. Jewishly, it might mean something else -- at least we can infer so from this week's Torah portion. V'haya Eikev Tish'm'un begins our text. Our JPS translation reads: "And if you obey these rules and observe them carefully, the Lord your God will maintain faithfully for you the covenant that He made...
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