Thursday, September 18, 2014 Elul 23, 5774

By:
Arnold M. Eisen
The approach of Rosh Hashanah always takes me back in memory to my Bar Mitzvah, which took place on Shabbat Teshuvah -- the "Sabbath of Repentance" -- that comes between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Two weighty questions preoccupied me that day in 1964. One: What did it mean that God called Jews and the world to "repent" or "return"...
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Nitzavim, Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
Many of us remember sliding into a seat at school, breathless from running across the schoolyard or down a corridor, late because we overslept or because of an early sports or music practice, or because we stayed up half the night cramming for a test. The teacher called our name, and exhausted or not, we responded, "Here. Present." Our bodies...
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By:
Ryan Teitman
Several kids in the aisles began to dance -- in the way only children can -- with a wonderful, reckless sense of abandon. The lead singer of the band -- backed onstage by a keyboard, guitar, bass and drums -- encouraged other audience members to leave their seats as he let loose on some hypnotic vocals. Soon, the children were...
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By:
Rabbi Eric Rosin
When I interviewed to become the rabbi at Kesher Israel Congregation in West Chester just over two years ago, I quickly learned that ours is not a synagogue used to listening passively to a sermon. I'd been asked to deliver a short d'var Torah to the search committee, so I dutifully constructed a 10-minute presentation. The unspoken evaluation of my...
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KI TEZE, Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19
By:
Rabbi Jeff Sultar
This week's Torah portion contains more commandments -- 72, according to Maimonides' count -- than any other in the Torah. One of the most fascinating ones is this: "If you happen to come upon a bird's nest in front of you as you're walking along, in a tree or on the ground, and there are young birds, or eggs, and...
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