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Yom Kippur: Basketball, 12 steps, and more

This week’s posting was written by my sister Batya Salzman Levy,  a deep thinker and terrific writer. Can’t read it all now? Print it out and read it slowly, carefully, on Yom Kippur. Wishing you all an easy fast, a … Continue reading

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Shana Tovah – Happy New Year

Our trip around the sun has come full course, and here we are at the threshold again. Beginnings and endings. We’re ending the book of Deuteronomy, will be starting Genesis soon. We’re ending 5778, starting 5779. As we get to … Continue reading

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Selichot 5778

Here it is – snuck up on us, again…right on time, just like it always does. We read parasha Ki Tivo this Shabbat, but Saturday night starts the roller coaster ride known as the High Holidays. So, instead of looking … Continue reading

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Ki Tetzei: You shall not remain indifferent

There are 72 commandments in this week’s parasha, Ki Tetzei. They cover a lot of ground, as you can imagine. What to do with a wandering ox. What to do when you go to war and want to take women … Continue reading

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Shofetim: Sigh

There are a number of reasons why I love this week’s parasha, Shofetim. Yes, it was my daughter’s parasha, so there’s that. It has a whole section on military ethics, (chapter 20) which I teach as part of a full … Continue reading

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Re’eh: Look for what you must do

Re’eh Well, that’s encouraging, but 3 verses later we read, “If , however, there is a needy person among you…” (Deut 15:7), but hang on. Four verses later we read, “There will never cease to be needy ones in your … Continue reading

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Matot Masei: Changing relationships

This week’s parasha is a double one: Matot-Masei. We’re at the end of Bamidbar, coming to the end of our journey towards the Land. It’s been a long haul – 40 years, in fact. In that time, and entire generation … Continue reading

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