Monthly Archives: July 2015

Love, Hate and the Greatest Commandment

Parashat Va’etchanan Why do we read this parasha every year after Tisha B’Av? Thought we were finished with all of the pleading already? This week, we spent a hungry evening on the floor reading Lamentations, remembering the horrific tragedies that … Continue reading

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Tisha B’Av: A Reenactment of Tragedy, a Glimpse of Hope

Tisha B’Av Saturday night and Sunday is Tisha B’Av (the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av). The day itself can be summed up in one word: Tragedy. On this day we remember many of the most tragic events in … Continue reading

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Words to a New Generation

Parashat Devarim Deuteronomy is unique. Firstly, the book is a retelling of the entire Torah. Second, as the Vilna Gaon notes, the first four books of the Torah were heard directly from the mouth of HaShem. Whereas Deuteronomy is Moshe’s recounting of the … Continue reading

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Organized Religion and a Zeal for God

Parashat Pinchas According to a recent Gallup poll, the number of Americans who have faith in organized religion is at an all-time low. Only 44% of Americans today have “a lot of confidence in organized religion,” compared to 66% in 1973, when … Continue reading

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A Talking Donkey?

Parashat Balak Parashat Balak tells the story of a non-Jewish prophet (Bilaam) who was hired to curse the people of Israel. Multiple times Bilaam attempted to curse Israel, and each time G-d caused him to speak a blessing instead of a curse. In … Continue reading

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