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Parashat VaEthanan

In Parashat VaEthanan Moses stands on the heights of the mountain and speaks to the Israelites, “At that time I pleaded with ADONAI, ‘ADONAI, O God, You have begun to show to Your servant your greatness and Your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds […]

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Deuteronomy 1:1-3:32 (D’varim)  – July 17, 2010  [Mike Rubin notes for TBS Torah Study/revised]

  Deuteronomy: From the Greek: “The Second Law” [Septuagint translating “mishneh-ha torah”, also translated “copy of this teaching” or “book of teaching”; see Deut 31:26]; D’varim. “These are the words…”  [But whose words are they? Are they a first person narrative of Moses or is Moses invoked as the speaker because this adds credibility and […]

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Parashat Devarim

In Parashat Devarim Moses begins his last speech to the Israelites.  He recounts to them their journey from Egypt through the wilderness to the borders of the land of Canaan.  For forty years Moses led the people, and now he turns to remind them where they have been together.  Forty years!  Why such a very […]

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Parashat Emor Leviticus 24:17-23

An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth—what does Judaism really have to say about crime and punishment? Parashat Emor ends with the story of a half-Israelite man who pronounces God’s name in blasphemy while engaged in a fight with another Israelite. And Adonai spoke to Moses, saying: Take the blasphemer outside the […]

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Vayakhel, Exodus 35:1-38:20

How do you feel about Jewish charitable events?  How many times have you gone to an auction and came home with items you never used? At a recent fundraiser for my daughter’s preschool, my husband bid on a dull gift basket that consisted of a few male-centric board games that we would never play.  With […]

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Sing a Purim Song

It’s felt like Purim in my house since December.  That obnoxious toy that Uncle David bought Adina for Chanukah not only plays “Old McDonald,” every time she presses the cow button, but it also plays a Purim song from one of my earliest childhood memories.  Our music lady, Sandy Paskus, played piano as we all […]

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D’var Torah Parashat Mishpatim

By Tami Weisman, Education Intern “Cynthia and Lisa built a house for their puppies and I said can I play and they said no because I don’t have a puppy only I have a kitty.” This is the longest sentence that little, shy Clara has spoken in school to date. There is more to come. […]

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D’var Torah: Beshalach, Shabbat Shirah

By April Akiva, MAJE What is the connection between Tu B’Shevat and the Exodus from Egypt? Each year parashat Beshalach, which recounts the Israelites crossing the Sea of Reeds, coincides with Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish New Year for trees and produce.  While on the surface there are no obvious associations between the holiday and the […]

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