Friday, January 30, 2015 Shevat 10, 5775

KI TEZE, Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19
By:
Rabbi Jeff Sultar
This week's Torah portion contains more commandments -- 72, according to Maimonides' count -- than any other in the Torah. One of the most fascinating ones is this: "If you happen to come upon a bird's nest in front of you as you're walking along, in a tree or on the ground, and there are young birds, or eggs, and...
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Johanna Markind, JE Feature
According to Rabbi Vivian Mayer, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College's vision of successful rabbinic training includes not only imparting knowledge to its students, but also "touching their hearts." To that end, the college recently hired Mayer to serve as director of both its Mekhinah Program and its Bet Midrash. As Tamar Kamionkowski, academic dean of the college, explains: "Vivie brings a...
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SHOFTIM, Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9
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Rabbi Gary Pokras
If you want to live like a king, this week's portion, Shoftim, tells you how -- write a copy of the Torah for yourself, keep it with you all the time, and read in it all the days of your life. On the surface, the meaning of these verses is clear: A king of Israel must be guided by Torah...
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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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Congregation Bnai Harim -- a Reform Synagogue in Monroe County in the Poconos -- expected to hold its first-ever service in its newly constructed building on erev Rosh Hashanah back in 2004. But earlier that day, synagogue officials learned that Tobyhanna Township hadn't granted the congregation an occupancy permit -- lighting had to be installed in the parking lot. The...
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