Sunday, July 13, 2014 Tammuz 15, 5774
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Rabbi Danielle Stillman
EKEV, Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25 A weekly ritual of my summer is to pick up vegetables at the farm where my family has a Community Supported Agriculture share. This week, I filled my bags with beets, cucumbers, zucchini, corn and the first tomatoes off the vine. I tucked some dill and basil around the sides of the heavier produce, and then hoisted...
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Rabbi Howard A. Addison
VA'ETCHANAN, Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11 Throughout the ages, prophets, philosophers and mystics have wondered, "Where might God be found?" A fascinating answer was offered by Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav, great-grandson of the Baal Shem Tov. The Torah describes the revelation of the Ten Commandments: The people stood afar, but Moses entered the darkness in which God was found. Rebbe Nachman indicates that...
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David Ackerman
At the heart of the observance of Tisha B'Av -- the annual day of national mourning that marks the destruction of the ancient temples in Jerusalem -- lies the chanting of the biblical book of Lamentations. A collection of five distinct poems of lament, Lamentations -- or Eichah in Hebrew -- serves as the source for our tradition's language of...
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Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, Jewish Exponent Feature
Devarim, Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22 We wandering Jews are always on a journey. Each year, as we make our way though the summer months, we concurrently journey through the wilderness of Numbers. Now, at the end of July, we arrive at Deuteronomy, the final book of the Torah. Like the first portion of every biblical book, this week's portion shares its name...
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Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Matot-Massei, Numbers 30:2-36:13 Book-ended by a fast commemorating the beginning of the Romans' siege of Jerusalem, and another fast marking the city's destruction and the burning of the Holy Temple, the three weeks between the 17th of Tammuz and Tisha B'Av represent the darkest point in the Jewish people's history: Its banishment from the Land of Israel an the sacking...
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