Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Nisan 16, 5774

KI TAVO, Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8
By:
Rabbi Adam Zeff
Some might say it is a coincidence of our calendar that this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo, is read just before the High Holidays. Yet one of the axioms of studying Torah is that there are no coincidences. Even the most minute laws contained in this week’s reading have important things to teach us about teshuvah — the “turning” of...
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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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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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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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