Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Elul 24, 5776

By:
Rabbi George Stern
The parshah contains several thematic sections: regulations regarding the judicial system and public officials (judges, kings, Levitical priests, prophets true and false); special aspects of the judicial system (cities of refuge, property boundary markers, witnesses); rules for war; and dealing with unsolved murders.
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By:
Rabbi Fred V. Davidow
Two key phrases in this passage are “do not harden your heart” and “open your hand.”
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By:
Rabbi Shoshanah Tornberg
The ability to cultivate gratitude and the attentive mindfulness we must bring to the task can remind us of the blessings we encounter every day.
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By:
Rabbi Jill Maderer
Kavvanah /intention is an effort to “guide and regulate the individual in his performance of interior mental practice, a mode of action hidden from the public’s observation.” The pursuit of kavvanah , the effort to do one thing and be thinking about that one thing, is our own private work.
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By:
Rabbi Robert S. Leib
The so-called “land-for-peace” debate has been vigorously, even ruthlessly, fought for so many years already; it will not go away. This exhausting, existential dilemma for our fellow brethren in Israel has invariably resulted in toxic denominational factionalism.
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