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SH’MINI II – A Diet of Holiness

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D’VAR TORAH BY: RICHARD N. LEVY The second half of Sh’mini, as the Reform Movement has divided it (see commentary on last week’s portion for a discussion of this division), begins with a discussion of the offerings that Aaron and his remaining two sons are to eat—including the goat for a sin-offering. When Moses hears that […]

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SH’MINI I – When the Offerer Becomes the Offering

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D’VAR TORAH BY: RICHARD N. LEVY While Pesach is now behind us, a fifth question arises as we look at the Torah portion for this week: Why is this week different from all other weeks? On all other weeks we read one parashah (Torah portion) each week; on this week we read only half the portion, […]

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Dvar Torah at TBO December 13 by Paula Globerman

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Dvar Torah at TBO December 13 by Paula Globerman

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  D’VAR TORAH – VAYHI by Paula Globerman, TBO, 10 Tebet 5774 – December 13, 2013 The interesting and challenging thing about being 50-something is that things that seem so far away – over there – are here right now. Right now. You start to go to funerals regularly and you read obituaries. I know […]

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D’var Torah – Lech L’cha

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Lech L’cha, Genesis 12:1–17:27 Shabbat, October 27, 2012 / 11 Cheshvan, 5773   A Letter from Abram Bruce Kadden Dear Mom and Dad, By the time you read this letter, Sarai and I, and our nephew Lot, will be well on our way to the land of Canaan. I wanted to say goodbye to you […]

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V’zot HaBrachah

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By Yael Splansky No matter how I might dream of trekking the beautiful, wide-open spaces of the Canadian wilderness-truth be told, I avoid tents, cold water, and bad weather whenever possible. I prefer to travel in the wilderness of Torah. The blisters I get in September are not from working with rake and hoe in the […]

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Eicha is the Midsummer Day

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This week we have included an alternative reading for Eicha from the Shalom Center. As Rabbit Arthur Waskow describes it, “Eicha is the midsummer day of Jewish mourning of the ancient Temples in Jerusalem, and of hope for a transformed future.  It also includes readings of hopefulness and healing from Song of Songs and Psalms.  […]

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