Thursday, April 17, 2014 Nisan 17, 5774
HOL HAMOED SUKKOT, Exodus 33:12-34:26
By:
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
Not every culture recommends joy as wholeheartedly as Americans do. To hear us tell it, we're entitled to joy unbridled. We even have a detergent called "Joy" -- cleaning up should be joyful! Well, why not? Isn't it natural to seek out happiness? The quest goes back at least to Ecclesiastes (Kohelet, in Hebrew), who sought to maximize life by...
Comment0
HA'AZINU, Deuteronomy 32:1-52
By:
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
Once, during the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, known as the Ten Days of Repentance, a simple disciple of the Rebbe Yisrael Baal Shemtov, founder of the Chasidic movement, asked his master two questions. First, what is the most fitting request to make of the Almighty during this period? Should we ask for another year of life, should...
Comment0
Va-Yelekh, Deuteronomy 31:1-31:30
By:
Rabbi Joyce Newmark
This week's parshah, Va-Yelekh, is always part of the High Holiday season. We read it either together with Nitsavim on the Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah or, as this year, by itself on Shabbat Shuva, the Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The setting is the last few hours of Moses' life. He reassures the people that, even when he...
Comment0
Nitzavim, Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20
By:
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
Savvy real estate brokers have this advice: "Three things make for success -- location, location and location." I know little about such things, so I can hardly comment on this. But I can guarantee the validity of a parallel remark about Judaism. "Three things make for a successful relationship: covenant, covenant and covenant." From start to finish, the Torah is...
Comment0
KI TAVO, Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8
By:
Rabbi Richard Hirsh
This week's portion opens with an agricultural-calendrical reference that seems out of place as we come close to Rosh Hashanah. The portion describes the ancient offering of the first fruits (with its echo of Shavuot) and an obligatory accompanying recitation ("My father was a wandering Aramean ... ") that is included in the Pesach Haggadah. Traditional interpreters hold that the...
Comment0
Advertisement
Advertisement

Sign up for our Newsletter

Advertisement