Saturday, August 30, 2014 Elul 4, 5774
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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VAETCHANAN, Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11
By:
Rabbi David Straus
These are difficult, challenging and trying times for the people of Israel. I write these words on Day 14 of Israel's war against Hezbollah. I pray that soon the battles will be over; that children will again be able to sleep safely in their bedrooms and not in bomb shelters; that fathers will be reunited with their families, and husbands...
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DEVARIM, Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Picture the scene: The foreign minister of Israel, the very urbane and sophisticated Abba Eban, is taking a European counterpart on a tour of the Knesset. Upon entering the chamber, this staid and decorous diplomat is confronted with the tumult and cacophony that is the Israeli parliament. People, wildly gesticulating, are also loudly speaking at the same time. Abba Eban...
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MATOT-MASEI, Numbers 30:2-36:13
By:
Rabbi Robert Rubin
Throughout history, the Jewish people have wrestled with the questions of who we are. Are we a religion, as distinguished from Catholics, Protestants and Muslims? Are we a nation, as distinguished from those who are ethnically French, Italian or Chinese? Are we both a religion and a national ethnic group at the same time, making us somewhat unusual in today's...
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PINCHAS, Numbers 25:10-30:1
By:
Rabbi Michael Holzman
Although this week's parshah begins midway through the story of its namesake, the zealous grandson of Aaron, who brutally killed an Israelite who cohabited with a Midianite woman, I want to focus attention first on an episode that comes later in the portion. After resolving the Pinchas story -- God grants the impassioned young priest his brit shalom, "Covenant of...
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