Friday, October 31, 2014 Heshvan 7, 5775
Shelach, Numbers 13:1--15:41
By:
Rabbi Cynthia Kravitz
Dedicated to the memory of my husband, Dr. Nathaniel Entin, who passed away the week of Parashat Shelach 5765. The words of the Torah are a pathway guiding us through and even beyond life. This week's parashah, Shelach, recounts the adventures of the 12 tribal chieftains sent by Moses to scout out the land of Israel. This reconnaissance is critical...
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Bechukotai, Numbers 8:1-12:16
By:
Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D.
Prayers for health and well-being have been part of the synagogue service for years. They reflect a deep human instinct to combine the medical and the spiritual probably found in all religious traditions. In this week's Torah portion, we find an ancient and powerful example of prayer being invoked by a loved one to bring comfort, relief and healing to...
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NASOH, Numbers 4:21-7:89
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
In 1961, a Jewish grandmother had the chance to have a private chat with the young, charming president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. And why would a Jewish grandmother come and visit with a Catholic president? To ask for weapons, of course. This is how Elie Wiesel records the conversation between Golda Meir and JFK. "You come from...
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BAMIDBAR, Numbers 1:1-4:20
By:
Rabbi Steven Saks
Politicians commonly complain that a statement or even a single word they uttered was taken out of context. It's a complaint we'll hear many times as the race for the White House heats up. Likewise, the name of this week's Torah portion, Parshat Bamidbar, can be taken out of context. It opens by telling us that "God spoke to Moses...
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BEHAR-BECHUKOTAI, Leviticus 25:1-27:34
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
A few years ago, I read a New Age book titled Surfing the Himalayas . The story begins with the protagonist snow-boarding down a mountain. As he comes careening down this mountain -- as fate, serendipity or bashert would have it -- he collides with a Buddhist monk. And thus begins, you've guessed it: his spiritual journey. "A lot of...
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