Torah Reflections – Sept. 25 – Oct. 1, 2016

Nitzavim Deuteronomy 29:9 – 31:30 Embracing Our Unpreparedness   My heart is beating a little bit faster than usual today. No, I didn’t have one cup of coffee too many. But it just so happens that the Torah portion for this week isNitzavim; and Nitzavim...

Torah Reflections – Sept. 18 – 24, 2016

Ki Tavo Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8 Listening to God’s Voice   As the rabbis of Talmudic times ordered the daily prayer schedule, they made sure we recite the Sh’ma—the central affirmation of our tradition—at least three times a day; during morning and evening...

Torah Reflections – Sept. 11 – 17, 2016

Ki Teitzei Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19 Why There’s a Blessing for Everything     As we find ourselves entering the second half of the book of Deuteronomy, our weekly parasha/portion contains a record of individual, familial, and communal laws and...

Torah Reflections – Sept. 4 – 10, 2016

Shoftim Deuteronomy 16:18 – 21:9 Humility is not Humiliation    This week is the first week of Elul, the month leading up to Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year. It is traditionally a time dedicated to introspection, to reviewing the year that was, and to...

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