Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775
Devarim, Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22
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Rabbi Richard Hirsh
This Shabbat comes before the observance of Tisha B'Av, which commemorates the fall of the first and second Temples (586 BCE and 70 C.E.). It is called Shabbat Hazon after the first words of the Haftorah portion: "Hazon Yishayahu, the vision of Isaiah." Isaiah's prophecy is of the destruction of Jerusalem, replete with the castigation of sinners. It is an...
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By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
We say it and we pray it, so it must be true. Pesach, z'man cheiruteinu: "Passover, the time of our freedom." Let's put that theory to the test, shall we? Back-breaking cleaning performed at breakneck speed every day for two weeks prior to the holiday; running to this store and negotiating that long line to buy Passover products; cruising and...
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SHEMINI, Leviticus 9:1-11:47
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
I'm sure your holiday was both delicious and loquacious. I trust that the brisket was sumptuous and the conversation equally so. It seems a tad hard to leave this theme, so indulge me once more. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once quipped (and by doing so, bequeathed to the cultural lexicon the following line): "I can't define it, but I'll...
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TAZRIA-METZORA, Leviticus 12:1-15:33
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Allow me to share with you a concept I call Jewish "eTiquette" - and yes, I am deliberately spelling the word this way. Were you to ask what our tradition attributes as the first thing created by God, you no doubt would be tempted to go to the first verse of the Torah - the road map of creation and...
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Acharei Mot-Kedoshim, Leviticus 16:1-20:27
By:
Rabbi Michael Holzman
The second half of this week's double portion, Acharei Mot-Kedoshim, begins with some of the most exalted words of the Torah, "The Eternal spoke to Moses: 'Speak to the whole Israelite community and say to them, 'You (plural) shall be holy, for I, the Eternal your God, am holy.' " The words are beautiful, but do we know what it...
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