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PARSHA POSTS: VAYELECH
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Sep 14, 2018, 11:27 PM
Avinu Malkeinu and the person you want to be
“People seem to want to help” said a friend with family in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina some years ago, “but they aren’t asking what desperate families from the region really need. In some ways, many...
Sep 14, 2018, 11:27 PM
Is our legacy Jews without Judaism, or no Jews?
Do Progressive rabbis have a sense of legacy? The issue of legacy is raised by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks this week in his discussion of Vayelech, the final Torah portion before Yom Kippur. He notes The biblical case study is Moses,...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Sep 14, 2018, 3:29 PM
The additions keep us focused
The Aseret Yemei Tshuva (The Ten Days of Repentance beginning with Rosh HaShana and ending with Yom Kippur) are meant to be a time of repentance and introspection. This time of year is also an opportunity for us to...
Sep 14, 2018, 12:12 PM
The tales we must tell ourselves (Vayelech)
In the final moments of his life, Moses demonstrates how to mobilize for the repentance that Shabbat Shuvah inspires
Sep 13, 2018, 3:42 PM
The second mountain (Vayelech 5779)
No matter how much you've achieved in life, there's more to do -- especially once you realize you can leave a legacy of kindness
Sep 12, 2018, 11:27 PM
“Above Average” Parashat Vayelech-Yom Kippur 5779
Moshe has been condemned to die in the desert. He will never be able to enter the Land of Israel, the only thing he truly desires. Again and again, he prays to Hashem to rescind His decree and again...
Sep 12, 2018, 1:17 PM
Vayelech: Screaming to God
O that my tongue were in the thunder's mouth! Then with passion would I shake the world... -- William Shakespeare, The Life and Death of King John (Constance at III, iv) In a few days, Jews of all backgrounds, all...
Sep 24, 2017, 9:12 AM
Children are our future – teach them well
George Benson, in 1978, sang about how children are our future. They need someone, who they could look up to, like a parent, to teach them well and show them the beauty they possess inside. He encapsulates, in lyrical...
Sep 19, 2017, 11:45 AM
Not standing still, standing together
The name of last week's Torah section Nitzavim-Vayelech - traditionally read on the Shabbat prior to Rosh Hashana, seems to contain a mixed message: "nitzvavim" means "standing", but "vayelech" means "going" (literally "and he went"). While the metaphor of standing before God as...
Sep 15, 2017, 6:25 PM
This changes everything
“Any yahrzeits this morning?” I inquired as we prepared to return the Torah to the Ark this past Monday morning. Since nobody present had any, we continued with the service. It was only as we concluded, that the date...