19 Elul 5781

August 27, 2021 When you enter the land and get settled, this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8) tells us, the most important thing to do, your first priority, is to bring an offering of gratitude.  “God brought us to this land, a land flowing with milk and honey.”(26:9) Then follows a long series…

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12 Elul 5781

August 20, 2021 “When you build a new house, then you shall make a parapet for your roof, that you should not bring any blood upon your house, if any person falls from there.” (Deuteronomy 22:8) This week’s Torah portion, Ki Teitzei (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19)  has more laws than any other in the Torah. Have grown up in…

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5 Elul 5781

August 13, 2021 Why would the Torah have a whole section dealing with the appointment of judges? For a society to be functional and cohesive, it needs rules and laws. Yet if the rules are static, progress, whether economic, social, or ethical, may be impeded. Our Torah foresaw the need for future change. In our portion,…

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Elul Jewels 5781 Leading to 5782

Today is the first day (of two days) of Rosh Chodesh Elul, (which actually falls on the last day of the month of Av). Elul is called chodesh hacheshbon, “a month of accounting,” as it comes at the end of the spiritual fiscal year. It’s also considered the month of preparation for the new spiritual year that begins…

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28 Av 5781

August 6, 2021 It seems to me that we’re coming to terms with the “new normal.” When schools, synagogues, and businesses first closed, we thought we were just doing deep cleaning; we’ll be reopening shortly.  Now we know everything has dramatically changed as we struggle to have a nationwide, if not universal, Coronavirus vaccination fulfillment.…

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