Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Tammuz 25, 5774
By:
Rabbi Eric Rosin
When I interviewed to become the rabbi at Kesher Israel Congregation in West Chester just over two years ago, I quickly learned that ours is not a synagogue used to listening passively to a sermon. I'd been asked to deliver a short d'var Torah to the search committee, so I dutifully constructed a 10-minute presentation. The unspoken evaluation of my...
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KI TEZE, Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19
By:
Rabbi Jeff Sultar
This week's Torah portion contains more commandments -- 72, according to Maimonides' count -- than any other in the Torah. One of the most fascinating ones is this: "If you happen to come upon a bird's nest in front of you as you're walking along, in a tree or on the ground, and there are young birds, or eggs, and...
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SHOFTIM, Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9
By:
Rabbi Gary Pokras
If you want to live like a king, this week's portion, Shoftim, tells you how -- write a copy of the Torah for yourself, keep it with you all the time, and read in it all the days of your life. On the surface, the meaning of these verses is clear: A king of Israel must be guided by Torah...
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RE'EH, Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17
By:
Rabbi Ira Samuel Grussgott
Last month, an Irish architect unearthed an ancient Book of Psalms mired deep in the mud of a bog. The 20-page, 1,200-year-old manuscript was said to be the first discovery of a medieval document in Ireland in modern times. The book was found open to a page describing, in Latin, Psalm 83, in which God hears of other nations' attempts...
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EKEV, Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25
By:
Rabbi Lance J. Sussman
Israel became part of my active consciousness when I was 8 years old. In 1962, my grandmother's brother and his family came to visit us from Haifa. They had gifts for all of us. Mine was a huge Passover Haggadah with beautiful blue velvet covers and dramatic watercolor pictures that combined the ancient story of the Exodus from Egypt with...
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