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Shabbat Shoftim 5776

  • Posted on September 9, 2016
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Is there such thing as unfair competition in Jewish thought? I remember a dispute when a new kosher pizza place opened on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in my student days,, much to the aggravation of the owner of an existing pizza place a few blocks away. I think the local rabbinic authorities, the Continue Reading »

Shabbat Reeh/Rosh Hodesh Elul

  • Posted on September 2, 2016
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As we observe Rosh Hodesh Elul on Shabbat and Sunday, we’ll notice a change in our ritual behavior. With the arrival of the final month of 5776, we will sound the shofar each day leading up to the eve of Rosh Hashanah. The reason for this tradition is found in the midrash:   “On Rosh Continue Reading »

Shabbat Ekev 5776

  • Posted on August 26, 2016
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This is the time of year when parents move their children out of the house and into a dorm room. By and large, it’s an American rite of passage. While parents remain responsible for their children in many ways (tuition especially!), what we do when we pack them up and take them to campus is Continue Reading »

Shabbat Vaethanan 5776

  • Posted on August 19, 2016
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What is Torah?   This Shabbat, when we read Parshat Vaethanan, we are reminded of Sinai. In the first of his long farewell discourses, Moshe recounts the revelation at Sinai, and we get another version of the Decalogue (formerly known as the Ten Commandments). In thinking about getting “the Torah,” Jews confront an important question Continue Reading »

Shabbat Devarim 5776

  • Posted on August 12, 2016
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In the days leading up to the observance of Tish’ah B’Av, which begins with the conclusion of Shabbat, the online conversation about its relevance in our times got heated. Some Jews wrote why they aren’t fasting this year; others defended the continued mourning rituals of the day. Some Jews expressed a desire for a restored Continue Reading »

Shabbat Mattot-Mas’ei 5776

  • Posted on August 5, 2016
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Several weeks ago, we learned that as a result of Het Hameraglim, the sin of the scouts, the generation that left Egypt would not live to enter the Promised Land. It would be easy to get the impression that they were doomed to wander in circles and expire, not only in the present but for Continue Reading »

Shabbat Beha’alotekha

  • Posted on June 24, 2016
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This Shabbat, in the midst of reading the fourth book of the Torah, we will interrupt the flow briefly by reading the sixth book of the Torah.   Say what?   There’s a rabbinic tradition that two verses in our parashah (Numbers 10:35-36) constitute sefer bifnei atzmo–a book unto itself, giving the Torah six books Continue Reading »

Shabbat Bemidbar 5776

  • Posted on June 10, 2016
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Have you ever felt that you were being treated as a number and not as a person? We Jews have a variety of responses to this potential problem. When you come to minyan, we won’t count you to see if we have the required 10 Jewish adults. Instead, we’ll use a Biblcal verse that has Continue Reading »

Shabbat Behukotai 5776

  • Posted on June 3, 2016
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Forty-nine years ago next week, a 2,000-year-long dream came true. “Har Habayit beyadenu–the Temple Mount is in our hands,” came the simple but emotional declaration by Motta Gur, commanding officer of the Jerusalem Brigade of the IDF. The return of Jewish sovereignty to Jerusalem is one of the greatest moments in our history. We celebrate Continue Reading »

Shabbat Behar 5776

  • Posted on May 27, 2016
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“The future is already here. It’s just not evenly distributed” (Robert Gibson, science fiction author). This week, we read Parshat Behar, which begins “Dateline: Sinai.” We are then given a series of commandments that we didn’t read about back in Yitro and Mishaptim, when we last saw Israel standing at Sinai. In fact, the entire Continue Reading »