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Let us strengthen one another
Vayakhel, Exodus 35:1-38:20 I’m a college-town rabbi: Morgantown revolves around West Virginia University. The Hillel kids — the Jewish college students — teach in my Sunday school, they help with ...
Mar 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Let us not forget the stragglers
“Remember what Amalek did to you on your journey, after you left Egypt. How, undeterred by fear of G-d, he surprised you on the march, when you were famished and weary, and cut down all the straggl...
Mar 08, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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A house of inspiration
Parshat Terumah, Exodus 25:1-27:19 On a recent trip to Israel, my brother and I went to visit the Temple Institute in the Old City of Jerusalem. They have a well-organized exhibit of the Mishkan, t...
Mar 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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The importance of studying Torah
Parshat Mishpatim, Exodus 21:1-24:18, Parshat Shekalim Exodus 30:11-16 One of the hallmarks of Judaism is the universal obligation of education. The obligation of studying and exploring Torah in de...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Interconnectedness is a Jewish value
Parshat Yitro, Exodus 18:1-20:23 The American psyche holds independence in great esteem. Our nation was conceived not by people who saw themselves united in culture or history or through shared anc...
Feb 15, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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First steps on the path to the Promised Land
Parshat Beshalach, Exodus 13:17 - 17:16 Redemption! Parshat Beshalach is a Torah portion of glory — glory in the Song at the Sea, the poetic celebration of liberation from Egyptian bondage, and glo...
Feb 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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Vayeilech : Shabbat Shuvah! “Be Strong and Resolute”
Deuteronomy 31:1–30
by Carol Ochs
Oct 02, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 198 198 recommendations | email to a friend
In Vayeilech, the shortest portion in the Torah, Moses tells the people that he will not be leading them into the Land of Israel, per God’s instruction; instead, Joshua will lead them (Deuteronomy ...
Seeing is believing, among others things
by Rabbi Sharyn Henry
Rodef Shalom Congregation
Sep 25, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 231 231 recommendations | email to a friend
Nitzavim, Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20 In the Elul 16 entry of the Jewels of Elul blog, writer David Suissa tells this story: “I was introduced to the concept of Jewish solidarity when I was 8 years old,...
A twist on a fringe
by Rabbi Ron Symons
Temple Sinai
Ki Tetze, Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19
Sep 11, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 267 267 recommendations | email to a friend
A French Catholic priest was once visiting a synagogue similar to ours. He noted, “That which revealed itself to me at that moment was not at all the Jewish religion. It was the Jewish people. The ...