Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775
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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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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