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Thoughts on Bereshit – 5778

The festival of Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret for this year is now a memory, but its memories go with us through the year. A posting on FB sums this up well, “we are to bring into our home all the … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Sukkot

Last year, Rabbi Joshua, of Ahavat Zion Synagogue in California, wrote on his blog, By dwelling in sukkot every year, we are faced with the reality of our human frailty and immortality. Just like the sukkah, our earthly bodies are … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Yom Kippur

The Torah reading for Yom Kippur (Leviticus 16.1-34)[i] ends with “It is to be a statute to you forever, that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you are to afflict your souls, and do no … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Ha’azinu

A little over eight weeks ago we commemorated the destruction of both Temples, Israel’s exile among the nations, and various other atrocities perpetrated upon and suffered by the Jewish people over the centuries. This was followed by the Seven Weeks … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Nitzavim-Vayelech

Moshe’s time with Bnei Yisrael is quickly coming to an end, as he winds down his last discourse in this week’s parasha. This is his last impassioned plea with Bnei Yisrael to remember all that ADONAI has done for them, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Ki TAvo

This week’s parasha, Ki Tavo, Deuteronomy 26.1 – 29.8 (9 in English),[i] is best known for Moshe’s lengthy declaration of the blessings and curses that are the natural result of obedience or disobedience to the mitzvot of ADONAI (28.1 – … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Ki Teitzei

This week’s parasha is Ki Teitzei, Deuteronomy 21.10 – 25.19[i] and, according to some reckoning, contains a listing of seventy-four of the six hundred and thirteen mitzvot given to Moshe at Mt. Sinai. These include the taking of captured women … Continue reading

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