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PARSHA POSTS: DEVARIM
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Jul 25, 2018, 1:25 AM
Finding the words: Moses and the women
Launching an intiative to bring women's voices to the parsha discussion, for they are ready to be heard
Sara Y. Sapadin
Jul 22, 2018, 8:58 PM
Double Negatives and the Crisis of Moral Leadership
According to Dictionary.com, a double negative is defined as a “syntactic construction in which two negative words are used in the same clause to express a single negation.” I never thought I would start a sermon with an introduction...
Jul 20, 2018, 7:09 PM
“Sometimes I feel like a total failure as a parent” said single-parent Atticus Finch toward the end of To Kill A Mockingbird “but I’m all they’ve got.” Today’s strife-ridden world welcomes Douglas Aronin’s lesson from this classic American novel. ...
Jul 19, 2018, 11:34 PM
This Tisha B’Av, Liberals Can Mourn George Soros
Michael Steinberger’s ambitious New York Times profile of George Soros highlights the inner tension at the core of his philanthropic pursuits on behalf of liberal democracy set against his career as an international financier and hedge fund manager. That...
Jul 19, 2018, 10:55 PM
The effective critic
Before you give rebuke, make sure the object of your improvement knows you are 100% on their side (Devarim)
Jul 19, 2018, 12:05 PM
The Art of Criticism
When I was a young rabbi in Auckland, I received a great piece of advice from one of the elder statesmen of the community, David Pezaro. David was a JP, Board member and President of the Congregation (and many...
Jul 19, 2018, 11:59 AM
“Questions and Answers” Parashat Devarim 5778
In the first three parshiot of Book of Devarim, Moshe Rabbeinu retells stories that first appear in the Books of Shemot and Bemidbar. One of the stories retold in Parashat Devarim is that of the spies that Moshe sends...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Jul 18, 2018, 5:02 PM
Take the trip and explain later
In Parshat Dvarim (Dvarim 1:22), Moshe recounts: “You approached me, all of you, and said, ‘Let us send men ahead of us to spy out the Land for us, and let them bring back word to us, the route...
Jul 18, 2018, 12:22 PM
9 Av: the first Hasbara-fail
Is Parashat Devarim fake news? The Fast of 9 Av, which we observe this weekend, has its roots in the Sin of the Meraggelim, "those men that did bring up an evil report of the land" (Numbers 14:37). Jewish tradition...
Ariel Ben Avraham
Jul 15, 2018, 5:56 AM
Parshat Devarim: Goodness, the Promised Land (II)
“And they took of the fruit of the land in their hands and brought it down to us; and brought us back word and said, ‘Good is the land which the Lord our God has given to us’. Yet...