Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Nisan 12, 5775
NOACH, Genesis 6:9-11:32
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Imagine the late Sen. Lloyd Bentsen facing off against Noah in the 1988 vice presidential debate. Noah might make a remark about the great patriarch Abraham, leaving Bentsen to rebut. Imagined another way, Bentsen would probably tell the central character of the biblical flood: “You are no Abraham.” And according to the sages of the Talmud, the senator would be...
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BERESHIT, Genesis 1:1-6:8
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
We have spent the last weeks pursuing new beginnings. We have tried to repair old wrongs and move on from them, we have identified habits and relationships that we want to renew or begin anew. Now we come to the new beginning of the Torah — Genesis, the first portion of the first book. In Hebrew, the Torah begins with...
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By:
Rabbi Adam Zeff
The holiday of Sukkot that we are celebrating this week centers on the Sukkah, the fragile structure with three walls and a roof of leaves and branches in which we eat, rest, study and even sleep during the holiday. The Torah teaches us that living to the extent possible in the Sukkah is the primary observance of Sukkot, since even...
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HAAZINU, Deuteronomy 32:1-52
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
What would your last words be if you knew you were about to die? How would you choose and position your words to reflect your deepest commitments? How would you capture, and then keep, the attention of your listeners, and, without self pity, give them the tools to carry on after you are gone? This year, after spending 10 days...
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KI TAVO, Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8
By:
Rabbi Adam Zeff
Some might say it is a coincidence of our calendar that this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo, is read just before the High Holidays. Yet one of the axioms of studying Torah is that there are no coincidences. Even the most minute laws contained in this week’s reading have important things to teach us about teshuvah — the “turning” of...
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