Today the World was Birthed

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by Rabbi Gail Labovitz, PhD
posted on September 6, 2021
On what day was the world created? The answer is not as obvious as we might like to think. We are told in Exodus 12:2 that Nissan is the first month. And yet we also refer to the first of Tishrei as Rosh haShanah, the beginning of the year. Read more...

"We Can Learn From Our Trials"

Rabbi Bradley Artson
by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson
posted on September 18, 2020
How life teaches us! We read books and attend lectures and we think we are ready for what life brings. Armed with our learning, we venture into the world only to discover that the formulas of the brain do not help bind the wounds of the heart. Read more...

Hearing the Voice of God in the Sacrifice of Isaac

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by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson
posted on September 4, 2018
Every year, during the Rosh Ha-Shanah services, we confront one of the Torah’s most terrifying texts. What are we to make of the Akedah, the sacrifice of Isaac, in which the father of our people is called to murder his son as an act of religious obedience?  What are we to make of a test in which killing a beloved child constitutes success and refusing entails ultimate ontological failure?  What are we to do with such a terrible story?  Read more...

The Circle and the Line

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by Rabbi Edward Feinstein
posted on September 22, 2017
Torah Reading
Haftarah Reading
When my children were young, they fell in love with Disney's The Lion King. We saw the film three times in the theater and owned all the paraphernalia Disney would sell us. We played the soundtrack in the car each morning on the way to school, belting out the film's stirring theme song, "The Circle of Life" until one morning I listened to the words. Read more...

God's Spiritual Rhythms

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by Rabbi Jay Strear
posted on September 18, 2009
Torah Reading
Haftarah Reading
Maftir Reading
As Jews we embrace each new season. Spring, and the month of Nisan, is the season of our renewal as a People. With Pesach we celebrate our redemption by the hand of God and our birth as a Nation. We begin our summer with the month of Sivan and the holiday of Shevuoth, the commemoration of the revelation of God's Law at Sinai. Read more...