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September 6, 2018 – Rosh Ha’Shanah

Monday night, September 9, begins Rosh Ha’Shanah, the Jewish New Year. The Jewish New Year is different from other New Year celebrations. It is not a festive time, but a time for deep contemplation. The New Year begins on the first day of the seventh month on the Biblical calendar. Placed exactly in the middle… View Article

August 30, 2018 — Ki Tavo

This week’s parashah (weekly Torah portion) is called Ki Tavo, You will find it in the Book of Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8. Upon reading the parashah carefully, we discover one of its underlying themes is the conflict between classical Greek and Hebrew thought. Ancient Greece placed its emphasis on how things appeared. Its philosophy offered us “a… View Article

August 16, 2018 – Shoftim

The name of this week’s parashah is “Shoftim.” In it (Deut: 16:17-21:9) we find the second part of Moses’ great good-bye soliloquies. This is the soliloquy that we began in last week’s parashah. Part Two of this very long speech defines what it means to be a “holy people”. The text tells us that to… View Article