Sunday, January 25, 2015 Shevat 5, 5775
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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Va'etchanan, Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11
By:
Rabbi Steven Saks
The Ten Commandments are the best-known section of the Bible. In recent years, our society has debated what place, if any, the commandments should have in the public square. Yet we can ask a more fundamental question regarding these sacred commandments: "Are there really 10?" This week's portion lists the "Ten Commandments," but just as in the earlier listing of...
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D'VARIM HAZON, Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
When he was accused of incessantly harping on the past, Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel responded: "Jews don't live in the past, but the past lives in us." The Jewish calendar does not just mark dates and events; it records the demeanor and tone of the Jewish people at any given time. The month that we have entered...
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MATOT-MASEI, Numbers 30: 3-26:13
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Chaim Weizmann was a prominent scientist and pre-eminent leader of the Zionist movement who lived in England for much of his life. He would, of course, eventually become Israel's first president. He was charged with advocating for the Jewish cause to the British-based Peel Commission. It was this commission, convened in 1936, which would discuss the advisability of ending the...
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BALAK, Numbers 22:22-25:9
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
Mah tovu ohalecha Ya'akov, mishkenotecha Yisrael: "How goodly are your tents, Jacob, your dwelling places, Israel." In the midst of our book of wandering, a Moabite sovereign engages a seer from the Euphrates region in the hopes of cursing and thus defeating the Israelites. In the central irony of this fanciful tale that opens with the verb vayar: He saw,...
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