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PARSHA POSTS: MATOT
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Sep 29, 2018, 9:33 PM
A Rabbi and a Preacher: Two Unlikely (or Not so Unlikely) Tallit-Bag Fellows
If, like me, you make a habit of bringing books with you to synagogue to read along with the Torah portion, I have a couple to recommend for this year’s new Torah cycle—one by a rabbi, and one by...
Michael S. Diamond
Jul 30, 2018, 11:34 PM
Cold Comfort in Hot Times: Torah portion Matot/Masei
End of the week, the dark moon of a father's comfort, midway through the three weeks of admonition, nine days before the spiritual nadir of the year, the Temple is about to be destroyed. No music, no marriages, no...
Jul 13, 2018, 12:47 PM
Parshiot Mattot -Massei
In this week’s blog, we look at journeys, our journey in life, and the journey of the children of Israel to Eretz Yisrael. This parsha brings up a very important matter. How should we actually relate to the Land...
Jul 12, 2018, 6:52 PM
Miles to go before I sleep (Matot-Masai 5778)
If we didn't pause, we'd burn out, but we can't stop for long, for life is built from challenges and change
Jul 9, 2018, 11:42 PM
Matot-Masai: Your money or your family
If money is all that a man makes, then he will be poor. Poor in happiness and poor in all that makes life worth living. -Herbert N. Casson The nation of Israel had just vanquished two major kingdoms on the...
Jul 31, 2017, 7:31 AM
The Fast of 9 Av is almost upon us, but you can't say it sneaks up. For three weeks, starting with the Fast of 17 Tammuz, we intensify our mourning from week to week and from day to day....
Jul 21, 2017, 11:55 PM
My first year teaching in DC I started the year as an assistant in 4th grade, but in early November I became the first grade assistant. There was a little boy in the first grade class who needed more of...
Jul 21, 2017, 11:44 PM
Sometimes True Power Isn’t Using It
This week's Torah portion (Matot/Mas'ey) can teach us a lesson about the incendiary events on the Temple Mount/Haram Al Sharif. Firstly, we are exposed to how the Torah permits women to be seen as property subjugated to men. If...
Jul 21, 2017, 6:44 PM
The Bible’s overall story is driven by a journey to the land. Abraham and Sarah’s arrival in the land launches our Jewish story. Their descendants’ return to the land under Cyrus the Persian ruler brings the Bible to a...
Jul 21, 2017, 10:44 AM
Leonard Cohen, the Sisters of Mercy and Disability Advocacy
Being a self-advocate is not easy. When we have one specific problem, it is reasonably manageable to report on the problem and be involved in finding a solution. But as we discovered last week, in Parshat Pinchas, successful self-advocacy...