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Shabbat Ki-Teitzei 5775

  • Posted on August 28, 2015
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We were greeted this morning by the shocking news of the discovery of the decomposing bodies of dozens of people in an abandoned truck on the side of an Austrian highway. The bodies are assumed to be those of migrant workers, who were being transported from the Balkans to wealthier parts of Europe. As refugees Continue Reading »

Shabbat Shoftim 5775

  • Posted on August 20, 2015
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As we journey through the month of Elul, moving our way to another New Year, it’s time to take stock of our behavior. Knowing that we are submitting ourselves to judgment before God on Rosh Hashanah, we begin to take seriously the way we judge ourselves. This week’s Torah reading, Shoftim, begins with the command Continue Reading »

Shabbat Mattot/Masei 5775

  • Posted on July 16, 2015
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Since we’re embarking on the longest Torah reading of the year, this is a good week to have another installment of “Breakout Shabbat.” We’ll give you the option to participate in the traditional Torah service in Menchel Hall; or, you can join Ben Solomowitz in the White Chapel to discuss the Torah portions Mattot and Continue Reading »

Shabbat Pinhas 5775

  • Posted on July 10, 2015
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After acting with certainty and resolve in the face of evil at the end of last week’s portion, Pinhas is rewarded with an eternal covenant of peace (and this week’s Torah portion is named for him!). But when it comes time for Moshe to ask God to designate a successor, Pinhas isn’t selected. Instead, God Continue Reading »

Shabbat Hukkat 5775

  • Posted on June 25, 2015
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Serpents are fascinating supporting actors in the Bible. A talking snake corrupts Eve and Adam. Moses has a walking staff that can morph into a slithering creature. And in the wilderness phase of Israelite history, widespread complaints about God and Moses cause an infuriated God to punish the people with a plague of seraph snakes. Continue Reading »

Shabbat Korah 5775

  • Posted on June 18, 2015
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At first glance, Korah and his band seemed to be at the forefront of a legitimate social justice movement. They are prepared to “fight the power,” as they say to Moshe and Aharon: “You have gone too far! For all the community are holy, all of them, and the LORD is in their midst. Why Continue Reading »

Shabbat Beha’alotekha 5775

  • Posted on June 4, 2015
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For the first time since last summer, I received two tzeva adommessages on my phone this week. Those are the red alerts that I wanted to get in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Israel during the Gaza War. The message indicated a “state-wide” alarm, but I didn’t hear of any attacks, so maybe Continue Reading »

Shabbat Naso 5775

  • Posted on May 29, 2015
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I’m not a kohen, nor were my father and grandfather. But that never stopped me from loving birkat kohanim, the priestly blessing. I’ve never used it liberally–you may notice that I don’t bestow it on Bnai-Mitzvah children–but I loved receiving it from my parents and so I love using it to bless my own kids at Continue Reading »

Shabbat Bemidbar 5775

  • Posted on May 22, 2015
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What does the word wilderness mean to you? As we begin reading the fourth book of the Torah, Sefer Bemidbar, we note that while its common English name isNumbers, the Hebrew term describes more than just the census in the first section of the book. Bemidbar is about the Israelite journey to the Promised Land. Continue Reading »

Shabbat Behar/Behukotai 5775

  • Posted on May 15, 2015
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If you read the Torah, it’s all so simple. On one hand, “Im behukotai teleikhu–If you follow My laws and faithfully observe My commandments, I will grant your rains in their season…” (Leviticus 26:3-4). And on the other hand, “Ve-im lo tishme’u li–But if you do not obey Me…I in turn will do this to Continue Reading »

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