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Shabbat Emor 5776

  • Posted on May 20, 2016
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Did you remember to prepare for the two major Jewish holidays we’ll observe next week? I bet you didn’t. That’s because in the scope of things, Pesah Sheini, which is on Sunday, and Lag B’Omer, which begins Wednesday night into Thursday, are by no means major holidays. But they are marked on any Jewish calendar Continue Reading »

Shabbat Kedoshim 5776

  • Posted on May 12, 2016
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This Shabbat, we’ll get a handful of Torah. On Lay-led Shabbat, we’re having a lunch and learn with five different teachers about Parshat Kedoshim, which is about as rich a weekly portion as one can find. Leviticus 19 is called the essence of the Torah, or the Torah in miniature. On Shabbat morning after services, you’ll Continue Reading »

Shabbat Aharei-Mot 5776

  • Posted on May 6, 2016
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This Shabbat is what I always think of as the Bridge Shabbat. It’s the Shabbat that falls between two recent additions to the rhythm of the Jewish calendar: Yom HaShoah, our annual commemoration of the Holocaust, has just ended; Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s day of independence, is next week, beginning Wednesday night.    There’s one more Continue Reading »

Shabbat Pesah VIII 5776

  • Posted on April 28, 2016
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When Pesah begins on Shabbat, we in the Diaspora experience a unique confluence of observances on the final day of the holiday, which is also Shabbat. On the one hand, as is always the case on the last day of Pesah, we recite Yizkor.  But on the very same day, since there’s no Shabbat Hol Continue Reading »

Shabbat Tazria’/Rosh Hodesh/Hahodesh 5776

  • Posted on April 7, 2016
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This week’s Torah reading can bring great pain to some of its readers. Parshat Tazria begins with the subject of ritual impurity as a result of childbirth: “When a woman at childbirth bears a male, she shall be impure seven days…” What in this passage has the potential to cause readers pain? If you said Continue Reading »

Shabbat Pekudei 5776

  • Posted on March 10, 2016
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Every year on Purim, we have a return encounter with Megillat Esther. My instincts lead me to conclude that we do one of two things during the megillah reading. We either follow along to remind ourselves of the story we’ve long known, or we peruse the Hebrew looking for Haman’s name so we can make Continue Reading »

Shabbat Vayakhel/Shekalim 5776

  • Posted on March 4, 2016
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This is an exciting Shabbat at HHJC, with Shabbat Across America tonight and Sisterhood Shabbat tomorrow morning. I don’t want to steal the thunder of the sisterhood women teaching Torah, so in this column, I’ll share something I wrote for the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs, who send out a weekly email teaching piece on Continue Reading »

Shabbat Ki Tissa 5776

  • Posted on February 26, 2016
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You’ve been given your toughest assignment yet as a defense attorney. You have to get Aharon off the hook for a heinous crime against God: aiding and abetting idolatry, building the Golden Calf.   As members of the legal team, you of course need more information. But you need to do some independent research. You Continue Reading »

Shabbat Terumah 5776

  • Posted on February 11, 2016
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When you think of cherubs, what comes to mind? I’d imagine that adorable faces with rosy cheeks and chubby thighs are part of your mental picture, with some wings thrown in for good measure. That’s the image we’ve adopted and that dominates the Valentine’s Day commercial cachet. But in Jewish tradition, keruvim, cherubim, are far more Continue Reading »

Shabbat Mishpatim 5776

  • Posted on February 5, 2016
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A few years ago, in our Law, Order, and Torah class, we addressed the issue of self-defense in Jewish law. Our core text appears in this week’s Torah reading, Parshat Mishpatim. Its rabbinic code name is haba bamahteret: “If [a] thief is seized while tunneling (bamahteret), and he is beaten to death, there is no Continue Reading »