Sunday, September 25, 2016 Elul 22, 5776

KI TETZE, Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
On Sunday, Aug. 19, Jews around the world welcomed the month of Elul with a single blast of the shofar. At the kotel, women who gathered in honor of Rosh Hodesh Elul were arrested for wearing modest ritual garb. They were removed from this holy place before they could hear the shofar. Their arrest signified the state's denial of their...
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By:
Ben Sales, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
For decades, haredi men in Israel have received exemptions from otherwise mandatory service in the Israel Defense Forces to study in yeshivas instead. But one army division has accommodated several thousand haredi draftees who require stringent kosher certification and eschew any contact with women.
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SHOFTIM, Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
A refuge comes in many forms. For many children, husbands and wives, home is a refuge, a shelter from the pressures of the world and the criticisms of others. In many states, national wildlife refuges provide shelter for birds and other animals -- plots of land and sea protected from the encroachments of hunters and heavy industry. In this week's...
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What are you doing to change how you are presented in the Book of Life?
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“May you be inscribed in the Book Of Life.” Millions of Jews express this sentiment in countless synagogues during the High Holidays. But what does the saying mean? God isn’t human, so God couldn’t write names in a book. On the other hand, God is all-powerful, so God could presumably do whatever God wants. Say God does have a book...
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RE'EH, Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17
By:
Rabbi Adam Zeff
Although we know that we have five senses with which to apprehend the world, we tend to rely heavily on our sense of sight. We say, "Seeing is believing," and when we can't see something, we have a hard time believing it's really there. This week's Torah reading addresses this problem in the moral realm. When we are making a...
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