Friday, July 11, 2014 Tammuz 13, 5774
Terumah, Exodus 25:1-27:19
By:
Rabbi Jay M. Stein
"And let them make Me a sanctuary that I might dwell among them." A few weeks ago, Jethro told Moses that he needed to delegate some of his authority so that the Jewish people might function more effectively. He said: "Have them [the judges you appoint] bring every major dispute to you, but let them decide every minor dispute for...
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Mishpatim, Exodus 21-24:18
By:
Rabbi Eric Rosin
"Rabbi, do Jewish people believe everything in the Torah is actually true?" I'm not sure what it is about these early months of the secular year, but I've been addressing a lot of interfaith groups lately. Each time, after the polite attention and the intent nods, someone will ask a question like the one above, "Do Jewish people believe that...
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YITRO, Exodus 18:1-20:23
By:
Rabbi Joshua Waxman
The centerpiece of the portion this week is the Ten Commandments, the sacred laws our tradition teaches were revealed by God at Mount Sinai and faithfully recorded by Moses. The list begins: "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage." For non-Jewish Bible readers, this statement functions as a preamble...
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BESHALACH, Exodus 13:17-17:16
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman, JE Feature
In the first part of his memoirs, All Rivers Run to the Sea , the famed Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel writes poignantly about his grandfather and father. His grandfather, Dodya Feig, was a Chasidic Jew, while his father, Shlomo, was a more modern, secular sort. Writes Wiesel: "From my father I learned to speak, from my grandfather I learned to...
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By:
Rabbi David Gutterman, JE Feature
Bo, Exodus 10:1-13 Last week, we heard Moses' speech to Pharaoh -- and it was like a shot heard 'round the world: "Let my people go that they may serve Me." But were I to search for what would become the essential and defining tagline for this people -- this union of Jews -- I have to turn to Moses'...
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