Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775

MATTOT/MASEI, Numbers 30:2-36:13
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
Last week, the nine men and women who serve as Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States wrestled with questions of equal access, fairness and discrimination in their deliberations about the Voting Rights Act, the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8. This week, we commemorate July 4th, the 237th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration...
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PINCHAS, Numbers 25:10-30:1
By:
Rabbi Adam Zeff
In this week’s Torah reading, individuals come forward to inquire about the applicability of the law in their particular case. In so doing, they provide a model for how Torah will continue to be relevant as a source of guidance up to this day.
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By:
Debra Rubin, JTA
Five years ago he was D-Black, a hip-hop artist rapping about the violence, gang activity and drugs of his African-American ’hood. Today he’s Nissim Black, an Orthodox Jew davening in a Sephardic shul in Seattle.
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Balak, Numbers 19:1-25:9
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
Rabbi Danielle Stillman likes to think of this portion as the one about the talking donkey.
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BESHALACH, Exodus 13:17-17:16
By:
Rabbi Alan Iser
When the Israelites leave Egypt, God does not allow them to take the short, direct route through the land of the Philistines. Rather, they are sent by way of the Sea of Reeds. The reason God gives is: "The people may have a change of heart when they see war, and return to Egypt." Medieval Jewish commentators offer a number...
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