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Acting Rightly, Choosing Wisely

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By Rabbi Nathan Martin Parshat Re’eh In the beginning of this week’s Torah portion, Re’eh, Moses mentions the communal ritual of the calling out of the...

Our Eyes May Deceive Us

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By Rabbi Gila Colman Ruskin Parshat Eikev You young folks just really don’t appreciate all that we went through so that you and your peers could...

To Learn and to Teach

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By Rabbi Fred V. Davidow Parshat Va-etchanan In Deuteronomy 4:1-14 one verbal root is used five times. It is l-m-d, lamed-mem-dalet. The basic meaning is to...

No Mikvah, No Problem — Converts Head to Camp Ramah

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By Josefin Dolsten On a typical summer day, hundreds of kids can be found around the lake at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires splashing around...

All We Have to Fear…

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By Rabbi Raysh Weiss Parshat Devarim The fifth and final book of the Torah, the Book of Deuteronomy (Devarim in Hebrew) is also referred to as...
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Torah Akin to Modern-Day GPS

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Parshat Mattot-Mas’ei By Rabbi Robert Layman In this era of GPS and Waze, road maps, which are still available, have basically become a relic of the...
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Eruv Maintenance Tricky in a Pandemic

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Maintaining an eruv in Philadelphia before the COVID-19 pandemic was already a juggling act. Those charged with overseeing the various eruvs throughout the city had...
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Differ Between Passion, Fanaticism

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By Rabbi Jon Cutler Parshat Pinchas This Shabbat’s Torah portion, Parshat Pinchas, begins by referring to an event that occurred at the end of the prior...
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The Heart Knows That Is Right

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By Rabbi Gregory S. Marx Parshat Chukat-Balak According to a midrash, Pharaoh had three advisers. He didn’t know what to do with the Jewish people. They...

On Questioning Accepted Truths

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By Rabbi Leah R. Berkowitz Parshat Korach This is not an easy time to read about the rebellion of Korach. In this week’s Torah portion, Korach stages...