Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Tammuz 24, 5774
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman, JE Feature
Shemini Atzeret, Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17 With all due respect to U.N. resolutions 242 and 338 regarding so-called "occupied territory," let me explain what these words really mean. When my granddaughter, Ariel Daizy, comes to our house for a Shabbat or Yom Tov, the house becomes -- in the most delicious and sweetest sense of the word -- occupied territory. You can't...
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By:
Rabbi Nancy H. Wiener
SUKKOT Exodus 33:12-34:26 The entire festival of Sukkot is designated as holy time, with special commandments -- shaking the lulav and etrog, sitting or dwelling in a sukkah -- to be performed throughout. Yet the first and last days of the festival are distinct from the interim days, which are considered both holy and ordinary. It is this very in-between...
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Yom Kippur, Leviticus 16:1-34, Numbers 29:7-11
Even more than the yearning voice of the cantor during the High Holidays, I remember the palpable weeping of the worshippers, especially that of my grandmother and her contemporaries in the women's gallery of my childhood synagogue in Brooklyn, reaching a crescendo when the congregants would cry out, "Do not cast us into old age." To this day, I cannot...
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NITZAVIM-VAYELECH, Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Please don't confuse the two holidays -- New Year's and Rosh Hashanah, that is. Were I to appropriate the classic song from the former, I would not be doing justice to the latter. It was Robert Burns who wrote (or popularized) the song "Auld Lang Syne," which means "in times gone by." Yes, at this time of year we do...
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KI TAVOH, Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8
By:
Rabbi Craig H. Axler
This week's Torah portion, Ki Tavoh, presents a window into a very specific ritual as it was practiced in ancient Israel: the presentation of the "first fruits of the Land," the Bikkurim offering. This section of Torah -- Deuteronomy 26 -- is perhaps best known for its inclusion in the Maggid (storytelling) section of the Passover seder. "My father was...
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