An Auspicious Week

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by Rabbi Gail Labovitz, PhD
posted on July 20, 2012
Torah Reading
Haftarah Reading
It is an auspicious week to be called on to contribute the ZSRS drashah. In the parashah this week, Vaetchanan, we read both the 10 commandments (Deut. 5:6-18) and the Shema and V’ahavta that have become central to Jewish liturgy (Deut. 6:4-9). This Shabbat on which we read this parashah is also every year the Shabbat known as Shabbat Nachamu, the Shabbat of Comfort. It is the first Shabbat that occurs after the mournful day of Tisha b’Av, and is named for the first words of the haftarah, the first of the seven “haftarot of consolation,” from Is. Read more...

What Could be Beyond Love?

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by Rabbi Gail Labovitz, PhD
posted on July 21, 2011
Haftarah Reading
When the Lord enlarges your territory, as He has promised you, and you say, "I shall eat some meat," for you have the urge to eat meat, you may eat meat whenever you wish. If the place where the Lord has chosen to establish His name [the Temple in Jerusalem] is too far from you, you may slaughter any of the cattle or sheep that the Lord gives you, as I have instructed you; and you may eat to your heart's content in your settlements....But make sure that you do not partake of the blood, for the blood is the life, and you must not consume the life with the flesh. Read more...

Painful Comfort

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by Rabbi Aryeh Cohen
posted on July 21, 2011
Torah Reading
Haftarah Reading
This week is Shabbat Nachamu the Shabbat of "comfort." It is named that because of the first verse of the haftarah that is read this week: "Comfort, oh comfort My people, says your God." (Isaiah 40:1) Shabbat Nachamu is always the first Shabbat after the fast of Tisha b'Av when we mourn, amongst other things, the destruction of the First and Second Temples. Read more...