It Isn't In My Blood

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5778
by Rabbi Cheryl Peretz
posted on August 7, 2018
Torah Reading
Haftarah Reading
Maftir Reading
As this week’s Torah portion opens, Moses continues what is his second speech or sermon to the people, beginning “See, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse.” As the Torah continues, Moses appeals to the people to choose a life of blessing, a life in the service of God. The narrative then shifts to the actual laws detailing how we are to live in all facets of life: personal, private, public, legal, social, moral and ritual. Eventually, the portion comes to the recapping of the holidays of the year. Read more...

The Man of Lonesome Sorrow

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5778
by Rabbi Edward Feinstein
posted on July 21, 2018
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Haftarah Reading
He awoke from the nightmare with a scream, as he did every night for almost forty years. His heart was racing, his body drenched in sweat, the taste of ashes upon his tongue. His mind was reeling with vivid images of fiery destruction. His ears were filled with shrieking and wailing. He saw the streets of Jerusalem running with rivulets of blood, the Holy Temple ground into the earth, the lifeless bodies of the priests scattered about the Temple Mount, their vestments torn and desecrated.    Read more...

Words Spoken, Words Promised

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by Rabbi Cheryl Peretz
posted on July 15, 2018
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In conversations and/or written communication, there can easily come a moment when a single word makes all the difference in the world. One missing word, one wrong word, one misused word – one word can change the entire conversation, and even at times, stop the conversation. So it makes me think of words more closely – how we choose words in general, what is intended through words, and how words communicate what we want to say. Read more...

Miracles on the Road

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by Rabbi Jay Strear
posted on July 15, 2018
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Haftarah Reading
A recent conversation I had with my son as we drove to his day's activity comes to mind in regards to this week's Torah portion of Matot-Masei. The drive took us through the much of the West San Fernando Valley and along several of its main arteries. As we passed a row of thrift shops, a wet suit that hung in the window caught his attention. Read more...