Thursday, July 24, 2014 Tammuz 26, 5774

Bamidbar, Numbers 1:1-4:20
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
This week, we begin the fourth book of Moses. You will, no doubt, recognize its English name more readily than its Hebrew moniker. In English, it is known as the book of Numbers, yet the rabbis give it the appellation of chumash ha'pi'kudim, the book of Countings. Indeed, we begin with a census of the Jewish people. But, upon a...
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BECHUKOTAI, Vayikra 26:3-27:34
By:
Rabbi Robert Rubin
Oy! What is happening in the world? A cyclone in Myanmar, an earthquake in China, fires in Florida. Tornadoes in the central United States. These disasters have all occurred within the last few weeks. Such natural phenomena are powerful, scary and overwhelming. We cannot control them. We cannot prevent them from happening, and often cannot even predict them. They remind...
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B'HAR, Leviticus 25:1-26:2
By:
Rabbi Jay M. Stein
Ask students how many days are left in the school year, and they will probably be able to tell you the exact number. In fact, some students will even be able to tell you how many hours are left, or even how many English or algebra classes remain. Somehow, knowing exactly how much school is left makes the journey more...
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By:
Ethel Hofman
Lag B'Omer represents a joyful break between Passover and Shavuot. It takes place on the 33rd day after the second day of Passover, in the midst of the seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot. (Lag is the Hebrew numerical equivalent of 33). In Israel, families celebrate by hiking in the hills or picnicking in one of the parks. For others,...
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EMOR, Leviticus 21:1-24:23
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
As Israel's first chief rabbi, Abraham Isaac Kook, once pronounced, "Judaism was born with the hope of a land; Israel is Judaism's land of hope." A few weeks ago, we assembled around our tables and recounted the narrative of our people's journey to freedom. More than 3,000 years ago, b'yad chazaka u'v'z'roah netu'ya , "with a strong hand and an...
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