Saturday, July 4, 2015 Tammuz 17, 5775
Passover
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan (184)
People tend to think of freedom in terms of negating a pre-existing condition. So they talk about freedom from coercion, from tyranny, from oppression, from constraint. Few look at freedom's positive side. At Pesach, it's precisely the "freedom to do" that we celebrate, recognizing that without drawing closer to the Divine, physical freedom is just an illusion. The Pesach story,...
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TZAV, Leviticus 6:1-8:36
By:
Rabbi Adam Zeff
This week's Torah reading discusses details of the sacrificial service, the ancient Israelites' way of connecting with God. Although these passages may be of historical interest, the specifics of the animals, meal offerings and oil libations may leave readers cold. What do they have to do with our lives so many centuries later, when our worship is so very different?...
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VAYAKHEL, Exodus 35:1-38:20
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Is each person a world unto himself? Or is the whole greater than the sum of its parts?
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By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
KI TISSA, Exodus 30:11-34:35 Rav Abba bar Aha said: "It is difficult to fathom the character of this people: when asked to contribute to the making of the [golden] calf, they respond; when asked to contribute to the building of the Tabernacle, they respond!" This midrash points to a central puzzle in this week's portion, Ki Tissa. It opens with...
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By:
Rabbi Adam Zeff
Tetzaveh, Exodus 27:20-30:10 In Jewish tradition, we spend a lot of time trying to figure out God's will. We study the words of the Torah and their many interpretations in an attempt to understand what message God might be sending us. But what if there were a way of asking God a question? What if we could communicate directly with...
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