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PARSHA POSTS: KI TEITZEI
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Aug 31, 2018, 12:30 AM
Don’t Add or Subtract-A Life of Balance
All you need in life is balance; haven’t we all received this advice, at one time or another? But, is this sentiment anything more than an endearing platitude? When I was younger, hearing this guidance sympathetically expressed was often annoying....
Aug 30, 2018, 8:47 PM
Mixing and Not Mixing
It’s great to be back in shul after an event-filled month. The starting piece was leading a powerful trip with thirteen Boston-area Christian clergy, and I look forward to sharing more about those experiences on the Yamim Noraim –...
Michael S. Diamond
Aug 30, 2018, 10:06 AM
Galvanized for action: Ki Teitzei
Cobalt blue sparks leapt from the corners of the holoShawl the minute Ram Nissan had gathered the tzitzit together over his left shoulder. He almost dropped it altogether as the shock momentarily convulsed his entire body. Dude! Tzitzit, the...
Aug 24, 2018, 10:39 PM
Choose Life! Whose life?
The Sefardi liturgy for Yom Kippur includes this confession: “I did not choose life.” The Torah admonishes us to choose life in parshat Nitzavim, which we read every year before Rosh Hashanah, even as we are about to pray to be inscribed...
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Aug 24, 2018, 6:40 PM
The Weekly Portion Ki Teitzei: Real vs. Ideal
Our portion opens with a terrible story that seems unredeemable. It prescribes that when a Jewish soldier in wartime, sees a beautiful enemy woman and wants her, he should capture her and bring her to his home, for a month...
Aug 24, 2018, 6:16 PM
Ki Titzeh-Ascending Levels of Eifah V’Eifah Discrimination
I just heard that the Palestinian villages of Dir Dibwan and Anata have petitioned the High Court to demolish homes built without permits in the same Kfar Adumim that has been relentlessly pressing for the demolition of the Jahalin...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Aug 24, 2018, 5:33 PM
The Mitzvah of Returning a Lost Object
In Parhat Ki Tetze (Dvarim 22:1-3) we learn about the mitzvah of returning a lost object: You may not observe your brother’s ox or his sheep lost and hide yourself from them; you must surely return them to your brother....
Aug 24, 2018, 5:25 PM
“Come back to bed” an annoyed wife insisted as her husband paced the bedroom floor at 4:00 am. “I can’t” he anxiously said. “I owe our neighbor, Goldstein, $500. It’s due tomorrow and I don’t have the money to...
Aug 23, 2018, 4:33 PM
Social capital and fallen donkeys
When you encounter a stranger in distress, do you stop to help? What if you're in a big hurry?
Aug 22, 2018, 6:56 PM
“Shaming” Parashat Ki Tetze 5778
An unplanned by-product of social media is the phenomenon of shaming. According to Wikipedia, “Online shaming is a form of Internet vigilantism in which targets are publicly humiliated using technology like social and new media”. At its best, shaming...