Monday, August 3, 2015 Av 18, 5775
By:
Rabbi Nancy H. Wiener
SUKKOT Exodus 33:12-34:26 The entire festival of Sukkot is designated as holy time, with special commandments -- shaking the lulav and etrog, sitting or dwelling in a sukkah -- to be performed throughout. Yet the first and last days of the festival are distinct from the interim days, which are considered both holy and ordinary. It is this very in-between...
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Yom Kippur, Leviticus 16:1-34, Numbers 29:7-11
Even more than the yearning voice of the cantor during the High Holidays, I remember the palpable weeping of the worshippers, especially that of my grandmother and her contemporaries in the women's gallery of my childhood synagogue in Brooklyn, reaching a crescendo when the congregants would cry out, "Do not cast us into old age." To this day, I cannot...
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NITZAVIM-VAYELECH, Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Please don't confuse the two holidays -- New Year's and Rosh Hashanah, that is. Were I to appropriate the classic song from the former, I would not be doing justice to the latter. It was Robert Burns who wrote (or popularized) the song "Auld Lang Syne," which means "in times gone by." Yes, at this time of year we do...
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KI TAVOH, Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8
By:
Rabbi Craig H. Axler
This week's Torah portion, Ki Tavoh, presents a window into a very specific ritual as it was practiced in ancient Israel: the presentation of the "first fruits of the Land," the Bikkurim offering. This section of Torah -- Deuteronomy 26 -- is perhaps best known for its inclusion in the Maggid (storytelling) section of the Passover seder. "My father was...
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KI TETZI, Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19
By:
Rabbi Jim Egolf
Don't you hate it when you forget what you were about to say? It was on the tip of your tongue, and then, as if by some magical spell, the thought is whisked away forever, it seems. Then we engage in that systematic attempt to reconstruct the events, conversation or story we were involved with in order to remember. Zachor...
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