Sunday, March 29, 2015 Nisan 9, 5775
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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Ki Tetzei, Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19
By:
Rabbi Joyce Newmark
"If a man has a wayward and defiant son, who does not heed his father or his mother and does not obey them even after they discipline him, his father and mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his town at the public place of his community. "They shall say to the elders...
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