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Aug 21, 2017, 10:26 PM
Mt. Grizzim: A Response to Charlottesville
I wonder these days how much fear controls our lives and thoughts. Many of us will remember the fear we felt during the first intifada… Do we still travel to Israel? Do we take buses once we are there? Do...
Aug 20, 2017, 10:20 PM
The Blessing and the Curse — Charlottesville and Racism in America
I would like to address the horrific events in Charlottesville last week. This week's parsha begins רְאֵ֗ה אָנֹכִ֛י נֹתֵ֥ן לִפְנֵיכֶ֖ם הַיּ֑וֹם בְּרָכָ֖ה וּקְלָלָֽה׃ See, I place before you today, blessing and curse. And Torah goes on to say that this choice, between blessing...
Aug 19, 2017, 2:22 AM
Smashing idols, changing minds
Talmudic insight for today: It takes more than destroying statutes to eliminate the mindset of those who worship them
Aug 18, 2017, 7:36 PM
Kindling kindness in dark times
Our nation’s two bloodiest wars - the Civil War and World War II - sought to end the monstrous brutalities of racism and Nazism. The past week has made vivid, alas, that neither of these poisons has been sufficiently...
Aug 18, 2017, 9:17 AM
Pure SJW territory
‘Social Justice Warrior,’ the social media label that mocks liberals, has roots in the Torah, where it’s a good thing
Aug 18, 2017, 9:01 AM
The Blessing to Speak Out & the Purpose of Protest
See, I present before you today a blessing and a curse. (Devarim 11:26) ראה אנכי נותן לפניכם היום ברכה וקללה The Torah goes on to explain that the blessings and curses result from our choosing to follow God's commandments and live...
Aug 17, 2017, 8:35 PM
The Limits of Grief (Re’eh 5777)
“You are children of the Lord your God. Do not cut yourselves or shave the front of your heads for the dead, for you are a people holy to the Lord your God. Out of all the peoples on...
Aug 17, 2017, 1:50 PM
Bound to each other in fate, destiny and responsibility [Parshat Re’eh]
“See, I am giving before you this day a blessing and a curse…” . So opens our Biblical portion, Re'eh, which is making reference to the covenant at Mt. Gerizim and Mt. Eybal which dramatically concludes the Book of Deuteronomy...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Aug 16, 2017, 7:29 PM
Is a vegetarian diet ideal?
When God created the world, He did not permit Adam and Eve to eat meat: And God said, Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all earth and every tree in which...
Aug 16, 2017, 7:26 PM
“Science and Engineering” Parashat Re’eh 5777
After Moshe finishes his opening monologue, the Book of Devarim segues to a long series of mitzvot. Some of these mitzvot have been introduced to us earlier in the Torah and some of them are completely new. The laws...