Shabbat Nitzavim September 25, 2019 Rabbi Rachel Heaps
At this point, the only thing standing between us and the
High Holy Days is Shabbat – a moment of calm and rest before the season of
honest introspection and heartfelt self-evaluation. And while many of us might
already have our attention focused on Sunday evening, this Shabbat and its
Torah portion remind ... Read more...
Shabbat KiTavo September 17, 2019 Rabbi Paul Cohen
The Torah portion for this week is called Ki Tavo,
from the book of Deuteronomy. Ezra the Scribe, living in the time of the Second
Temple (5th century BCE), ordained, according to the Talmud, that
the blessings and curses recorded in this week’s Torah portion be read before Rosh
Hashanah. He also taught ... Read more...
Shabbat Ki Teitzei September 11, 2019 Daniel Glassman
I’ll be the first one to admit that I struggle reading through
Deuteronomy. I can’t seem to connect with the weekly parshot. It’s hard
when they speak of not taking slaves or taking two wives. These are
clearly not things any of us have to deal with nowadays. Ki Teitzei is no
exception to my ... Read more...
Shabbat Shof’tim September 4, 2019 Anne Lidsky, Ph.D., RJE
Then the officials shall address the troops, as follows: . . . “Is
there anyone who has planted a vineyard but has never harvested it? Let him go
back to his home, lest he die in battle and another harvest it. Is there anyone
who has paid the bride-price for a wife, but ... Read more...
Shabbat Re’eh August 28, 2019 Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman
As parents of two young children, Ross’ and my lives are
filled with a constant dialogue of “dos” and “don’ts.” “Don’t pull your
sister’s hair.” “Don’t eat that,” the list goes on and on. Ideally, we would instead
use phrases to try an emphasize the positive, such as, “how about making
another choice?” ... Read more...