Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774

BEHA'ALOTCHA, Numbers: 8:1-12:16
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
Who hasn't felt overworked and wanted to complain about it? And who hasn't felt, at times, that work is also our most important responsibility? In this week's portion, we identify with the Jewish people and with Moses. The Israelites complain about hunger -- and then gorge themselves on quail when it comes. Miriam and Aaron complain that Moses is taking...
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Naso, Numbers 4:21-7:89
By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
Naso contains the most powerful of scriptural blessings, Birkat Kohanim, the Threefold Priestly Benediction. Through a 15-word invocation, Aaron and his descendants are commanded to confer upon the people Israel God's blessing and protection, radiance and grace, favor and peace. This moving brachah is invoked daily during morning and afternoon services, every Friday evening when we bless our children, and...
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SHAVUOT
By:
Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb
For those of us outside of Israel, there is no "portion of the week" this coming Sabbath. The two-day holiday of Shavuot falls on Friday and Saturday, and pre-empts the regular reading. Instead, I will devote this column to the book of Ruth, which is heard at shul this week. There is hardly an example of human tragedy that is...
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Synagogues seek innovative ways to keep teenagers on board
What makes Maya Rosenberg different from many other 13-year-olds is that she likes to learn -- about Judaism. "Torah stories. Holidays. Jewish customs." Rosenberg lists things that she's looking forward to exploring when she enrolls in her first year of Hebrew high school this fall at Har Zion Temple, a Conservative congregation in Penn Valley. She became a Bat Mitzvah...
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BAMIDBAR, Numbers: 1:1-4:20
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Ever had a bad neighbor? You know: the upstairs family that sounds like a herd of elephants at night? The next door workaholic who likes to get the mowing done before rush hour? While describing a census of the Jewish people and the role of the 12 tribes in transporting the Tabernacle, this week's portion also gives us a glimpse...
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