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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 »

Shabbat Yitro 5776

  • Posted on January 29, 2016
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We’re excited to welcome Sababa USY to our shul this Shabbat, and they’ll do the teaching as well as the davening at Shabbat morning services. I’m sure that the sight of talented teens leading and participating so actively will be music to my ears.   Yes, the mixed sensory metaphor (“sight…music”) was intentional. It’s reflective Continue Reading »

Shabbat Bo 5776

  • Posted on January 15, 2016
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The narrative of the makkot, the ten plagues, is not just a story of God versus Pharaoh and the Egyptians. The Egyptian environment–all living things, including animals–felt the repercussions of Pharaoh’s obstinacy and refusal to let Israel go free. The plague of dever, cattle pestilence, in particular targeted creatures other than humans, but it’s clear Continue Reading »

Shabbat Vaera 5776

  • Posted on January 8, 2016
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As we begin the narrative of the plagues in this week’s Torah reading, Parshat Vaera, we are amazing by the miraculous happenings in Egypt. While scholars and even filmmakers (such as Ridley Scott in last year’s abysmal Gods and Kings) suggest nature-based explanations for each plague, that’s not the Torah’s point. These are presented as Continue Reading »

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