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Tuning in to God’s Voice

Ki Teitzei: Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19 “Tuning in 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;...

Bridging Heaven and Earth

  Ki Teitzei: Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19 “Bridging Heaven and Earth”   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...

Humility is Not Humiliation

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...

You Are a Stiffnecked People!

Eikev: Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25 “You Are a Stiffnecked People!”   In the middle of our Torah portion Moses, once again, admonishes our people for our intractable stubbornness: “Know, then, that it is not for any virtue of yours that the Eternal...