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By this time of year, it’s hard to have missed the abundant ads connected to “surviving” the upcoming holiday: Passover survival kits, Seder survival guides. For a festival celebrating the single most formative and climactic experience in … more
As we approach the final chapters of the Book of Exodus, we read of the concluding stages of the construction of theMishkan, the Sanctuary which our people carried with them through their desert wanderings. more
Parashat Ki TissaExodus 30:11 – 34:35 “Whoever sought God would go out to the Tent of Meeting.” (Exodus 33:7) “God would speak to Moses face to face, as one person speaks to another.” (Exodus 33:11) At the foot of Mount Sinai, … more
This week’s parsha continues the detailed instructions for the building of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and creating all its adornments and utensils. The focus now is on the garments of the high priest. The reading carefully lays out the exact … more
Parashat Vayigash Genesis 44:18-47:27   The d’var Torah for this issue would normally be on this week’s Torah portion, Yitro. However, the theme for this special issue is weddings. How might those two be combined? As we know, a rabbi … more
A recent article in “Jewish Action,” the magazine of the Orthodox Union, bemoaned the fact that the sermon has become less important in the life of the synagogue. Just a few months ago, in a front-page article, the Wall Street Journal explored … more
My Aunt Audrey came into our family when I was 15 years old. Our connection was instantaneous; she became my hero and was my champion for the next 40 years. more
Parashat VayigashGenesis 44:18-47:27 If you have ever suffered grief after a loss – and many of us have – you know how debilitating it can be. In the Torah portion Vayigash we see Jacob as a father who has lost a child and is devastated. … more
What is the miracle of Hanukkah, anyway? The rabbis of our Talmud ask this question, and the ensuing discussion is a short one – a rarity for our long-winded predecessors. On the 25th day of Kislev, we commence eight days of celebration. more
Parashat Va-yetzei Hanukkah/Thanksgiving (Genesis 28:10 – 32:3)   Only a few weeks ago the Torah described how Isaac will be born to a man who would be 100 years old and a woman who would be 90. There can be no question as to the … more
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