Monday, July 28, 2014 Av 1, 5774
TETZAVEH, Exodus 27:20-30:10
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
If you've been to Montreal or other parts of Quebec, you may have noticed a fascinating tag line on their license plates: Je me souviens , which translates as "I remember." Never one to pass up a story, I asked a concierge at a swanky hotel -- these individuals are supposed to know everything, n'est ce pas ? -- what...
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TERUMAH, Exodus 25:1-27:19
By:
Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein
When God asked the Israelites to bring gifts "from their heart" to contribute to the building of the Tabernacle, every person in the entire community went back to their tents to pick out their favorite possessions to bring to the center of the camp. No one wanted to be left out of the building. So, they brought back tanned rammed...
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Mishpatim, Exodus 21:1-24:18; 30:11-16
By:
Rabbi Lance J. Sussman
One of the great joys of being a congregational rabbi is standing with our Bar and Bat Mitzvah students as they read from the Torah for the first time in their lives. Reading from the Torah is a powerful experience. Relatives and friends will travel great distances to hear a child chant from the scroll. Individuals who usually shy away...
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YITRO, Exodus 18:1-20:23
By:
Rabbi Lisa Malik
Before giving the Torah to B'nai Yisrael, God approached several other nations, and asked them if they wanted to accept the Torah and its commandments. Each of the other nations turned God down. But when God approached the Israelites, they asked, "How much do they cost?" When they heard that the commandments were free, the Israelites responded, "Okay, we'll take...
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HA'AZINU, Deuteronomy 32:1-52
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Many of our spiritual giants had an unusual practice. In one pocket, they'd carry a piece of paper with the verse that read: "I am but dust and earth"; in the other, they'd carry a piece of paper with the verse that read: "For me was the world created." It is the integration of these two motifs and feelings that...
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