Friday, July 25, 2014 Tammuz 27, 5774
Torah Portion
By:
Rabbi Lisa Malik
SUKKOT, Exodus 33:12-34:26; Numbers 29:23-31 Ba-yom ha-shemini atzeret tihyeh lachem - "On the eighth day, you shall have an atzeret." The word atzeret is derived from the Hebrew verb that means "to restrain," "to be confined," "to hold back." It may refer to an occasion in which people are assembled or confined in one place. It may also mean that...
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Torah Portion
By:
David Rabbi Straus
VAYELECH SHABBAT SHUVA, Deuteronomy 31: 1-30 This story is told in various versions, but this is how I remember hearing it from one of my heroes, Rabbi Avi Weiss of Riverdale, N.Y. When Chasidic master Reb Yitzhak Yakov, the Seer of Lublin, died, his disciples divided his worldly goods. One received his books and his notes; another his schtender, or...
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Torah Portion
By:
Rabbi Steven C. Wernick
NITZAVIM, Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20 Do you believe in God? Silence … not an unusual response. Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, in his book on Jewish spirituality, God Was in This Place and I, I Did Not Know , says that if you want an answer to the question of God's existence, you have to begin with a more concrete query: Have you ever...
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KI TAVOH Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8
By:
Rabbi Jeff Sultar
We are in the season of transformation. During Elul, the month leading up to Rosh Hashanah, we are called to engage in cheshbon ha nefesh, an "accounting of the soul." It represents a time to engage in introspection and outer action, righting wrongs we have committed against other people, seeking forgiveness from them and giving forgiveness to those who've wronged...
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KI TETZE, Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, JE Feature
While last week many of us continued to watch the devastating news images of Hurricane Katrina's destruction of cities and towns along the Gulf coast, the month of Elul arrived - a month that challenges us to listen for God's voice with a particular and sensitive ear. Our sages teach that Elul is the month when we begin, in earnest,...
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