Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774

It's what all Haggadahs, old and new, have in common
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Every Passover, publishers unveil a string of the "newest" Haggadot, most of them capitalizing on a current societal trend that seeks to make the ancient book "more relevant" for a contemporary audience -- or, at the very least, more accessible. Over the last half-century or so, there have been Haggadot geared to the traditional family, the interfaith family,...
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BO, Exodus 10:1-13:16
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Rabbi Danielle Stillman
This week's portion continues the story of Moses and Aaron's negotiations with Pharaoh to free the Israelite people. The brothers return to Pharaoh again and again, each time threatening another plague: locusts, darkness -- and finally, the slaying of the first born. Each time, just as Pharaoh relents a little bit more, God hardens Pharaoh's heart, and he refuses to...
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VAERA, Exodus 6:2-9:35
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Rabbi Howard A. Addison
Once, two men were negotiating the sale of a mule. The seller claimed that the animal was hardworking and obedient. Two weeks later, the buyer, now irate, summoned the mule's former owner. "You lied to me! This beast is lazy and uncooperative. I can't get him to budge." Grinning, the seller whacked the donkey across the backside with a 2x4...
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SHEMOT, Exodus 1:1-6:1
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Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
This year, our reading of Sh'mot coincides with the first full week of the new secular year. Both this portion and this new year remind us of the teaching of Proverbs 31:25: valor, true strength, includes looking to the future with optimism and hope. How can we apply that sense of calm to the challenging story that is presented by...
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Yonah Gross celebrated a birthday last week, but he hasn't told many of his new congregants just how old that makes him. "I am 29. It's a little bit of a secret. In Orthodox circles, it's kind of young to be the rabbi of a shul," said the boyish-looking rabbi. Last month, the father of two became just the second...
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