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Shabbat Tazria/Hahodesh 5774

  • Posted on March 27, 2014
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Have you ever encountered Westboro Baptist Church? I once saw them on a street corner near the UN compound. I was headed to a pro-Israel rally, and they were perched on the sidewalk chanting offensive, anti-Semitic lyrics to the tune of Hava Nagila. I walked by and burst into laughter at their pathetic, harmless attempt to Continue Reading »

Shabbat Shemini/Parah 5774

  • Posted on March 21, 2014
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We’re going to spend the next several weeks of Torah portions grappling with the theme of kedushah, usually translated as holiness. The problem, as I see it, is that we can’t define holiness with much certainty either. Whether our Torah is addressing the special regulations for the kohanim, or the dietary laws, both of which appear in Continue Reading »

Shabbat Tzav/Zakhor 5774

  • Posted on March 14, 2014
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I’m excited that on Shabbat morning, the teaching, Torah reading and davening will be done by members of the community–we call it Lay-Led Shabbat. I don’t want to steal Steve Teleky’s thunder, as he’s giving the dvar Torah. So instead, I’ll give a brief hint about my Friday evening dvar Torah on this week’s parshah, Tzav. A Continue Reading »

Shabbat Vayikra 5774

  • Posted on March 6, 2014
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Imagine taking something that is precious to you, giving it away of your own free will and volition, and watching it go up in smoke. By the end, your prized possession is nothing but a pile of ashes, soon to be swept away so that the next person’s prized possession can be burned in its Continue Reading »

Shabbat Tetzaveh 5774

  • Posted on February 6, 2014
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Reading Torah every week, we get very familiar with the main characters of the story. Throughout Sefer Shemot, the Book of Exodus, we’ve become especially attached to Moshe, whose name has been everywhere from the moment he was named. Lo and behold, this week, in Parshat Tetzaveh, we will not read his name once! Actually, Moshe’s far Continue Reading »

Shabbat Terumah 5774

  • Posted on January 30, 2014
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As we begin reading a series of portions about the building of the Mishkan, the project that would become Israel’s traveling sanctuary, let’s consider a fundamental question about building projects. Who’s more crucial to the project: the architect or the interior designer? On the one hand, I would argue for the architect as follows: what good Continue Reading »

Shabbat Mishpatim 5774

  • Posted on January 23, 2014
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When I was in 5th grade, my family moved from the home they had owned for more than 25 years. My sisters were both married and out of the country (not to mention the house), and my parents were ready to “right-size.” But the main attraction of the new place was that it was part Continue Reading »

Shabbat Yitro 5774

  • Posted on January 16, 2014
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When Moshe first encountered Yitro back at the beginning ofSefer Shemot, the Book of Exodus, he knew the man was special. Not only was he the father of seven daughters, he was the priest of Midian. Little did he know that one day, Yitro would be Moshe’s judicial consultant. As Moshe reconnects with his wife, Continue Reading »

Shabbat Beshalah 5774

  • Posted on January 9, 2014
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Strong emotions can lead to strange behaviors. Anger, for example, can lead to bitterness, and then to hatred, and render us so blinded that we are unable to act in an appropriate and ethical manner. Such anger may even create excessive traffic on the George Washington Bridge! Even the Torah and its ancient interpreters noted Continue Reading »

Shabbat Bo 5774

  • Posted on January 2, 2014
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Pharaoh’s almost ready to relent and allow the Israelites to fulfill Moshe’s demand that they go out of Egypt for three days to celebrate and worship God. But he wants Moshe to provide a VIP list of those who will be granted exit visas. “Mi vami haholkhim–Who’s who that is going?” he asks (Exodus 10:8). Continue Reading »