Monthly Archives: September 2016

Netzavim and New Year: Spiraling

Teshuva.  Tefilah. Tzedakah. That’s what we will keep hearing next week, as we welcome the New Year.  Those are the keys to unlock the door to a good New Year.  Those are the balms, we read, for our souls that … Continue reading

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Ki Tavo: Pledges and oaths

This week’s parasha, Ki Tavo says that when you bring that basket of first fruits of your harvest to the local priest, to offer it up to God, “you shall recite as follows before Adonai your God: “My father was a … Continue reading

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Ki Tetze: Keeping an eye out

“If you see your fellow’s ox or sheep gone astray, do not ignore it. You must take it back to your fellow.  If your fellow does not live near you, or you do not know who he is,you shall bring … Continue reading

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Shoftim: Righteous justice

You may be familiar with the line from this week’s parasha, Shoftim, “Justice justice shall you pursue…tzedek tzedek tirdof”   It is one of the more famous statements about justice that the Torah has given the world,  like the one that’s … Continue reading

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Re’eh: Find a way out of no way

“There shall be no needy among you.” (Deut 15:4) “If however there is a needy person among you, one of your kinsmen in any of your settlements in the land…do not harden your heart and shut your hand against your … Continue reading

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