Thursday, December 25, 2014 Tevet 3, 5775

KORACH, Numbers 16:1-18:32
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Rabbi David Gutterman
Social psychologists list several distinctions between a debate and a dialogue. A debate assumes you have the right answer, while a dialogue assumes that many people can help craft an answer. A debate is about winning; a dialogue is about exploring. A debate is more about defending one's view; a dialogue admits that the thinking of others can improve one's...
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Slightly more than a year after Congregation Brothers of Israel traded an urban New Jersey address for a suburban one in Pennsylvania, the Conservative congregation has celebrated its 125th anniversary with a gala dinner. The major milestone, reached last month, presented an opportunity for members to look back at its long history in Trenton and consider its future in Newtown,...
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SH'LACH, Leviticus 13:1-15-41
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman, Jewish Exponent Feature
In this week's Torah portion -- in stunning fashion -- the classical meets the contemporary. Our biblical tradition not only informed, but helped to create a necessary "marketing tool" of modern statecraft, even as it created a symbol that still causes a welling-up of Jewish pride. God grants Moses license to Sh'lach l'cha anashim: "Send forth men, if you please,...
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Beha'alotcha, Numbers 8:1-12:16
By:
Rabbi Alan Iser
Sometimes, our rabbis derived worlds of meaning from simple phrases. Such is the case with the third verse of this week's portion. After God instructs Moses to tell Aaron how to light the menorah in the sanctuary, the Torah notes, "Aaron did so. He mounted the lamps at the front of the menorah as God had commanded Moses." Rashi, quoting...
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Naso, Numbers 4:21-7:89
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Rabbi Gregory S. Marx
The Bible makes it clear that our ancestors considered themselves to have been chosen by God to be a holy people. For hundreds of years, we Jews, who inherited the covenant of Abraham, have been puzzled by the concept of being "chosen." If God "chose" the Jews, why then have the Jews suffered so much? How can we reconcile the...
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