Saturday, September 20, 2014 Elul 25, 5774
Torah Portion
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Bereshit, Genesis 1:1-6:8 As baseball philosopher Yogi Berra might have put it: "It's déjà Jew … all over again." For the 3,317th time - we the Jewish people begin the story again. Not just any story, but our story - our shared sacred story. Did you pay attention to a sweet Jewish custom performed on Simchat Torah? It is universal...
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Torah Portion
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman, JE Feature
HAAZINU, Deuteronomy 32:1-1-52 Two Soviet birds from Moscow are flying north to the more open Finland. As they soar toward the border they are met by two Finnish birds. Ha'azinu - "Listen up." "Life must be horrendous in the Soviet Union?" "It's okay." "You probably don't have enough to eat or proper health coverage?" "It's adequate." "So why are you...
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DAVE GORDON, JE Feature
It looks like a lemon, feels like a lemon and kind of smells like a lemon. But an etrog is not a lemon. In fact, it takes a lot to grow an etrog - the fruit of the citron tree and one of the four species used on the festival of Sukkot. (The others are the lulav ("palm frond"), aravot...
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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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