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What’s In A Name?

I am fascinated by the contranym (also called heteronym or spelled contronym). Parshat Ekev: Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25; Isaiah 49:14-51:3. It is a word that has contradictory meanings. For example,...

A Mission Statement For The Jewish People

Parshat V’etchanan: Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11; Isaiah 40:1-26. Why? Well, why not?” As children, our earliest questions start with “Why”? Why do I have to go to bed?...

Recognizing Responsibility

Parshat D’varim: Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22; Isaiah 1:1-1:27 This week’s portion kicks off the last of the Five Books of Moses. Most of the book is Moses’ final...

Our Words, Our Bond – Torah portion

Parshat Mattot/Massei: Numbers 30:2-36:13; Jeremiah 2:4-28; 3:4. Right. Right? Or yes, left? So I make a left here? Such are the wonders of communication in America … where a...

The Unique and the Everyday

Parshat Pinchas: Numbers 25:10-30:1; Jeremiah 1:1-2:3. The Torah portion of Pinchas concludes with a recounting of the special additional sacrifices, the Musaf sacrifices, made in...

The Beauty of Our Tents

Parshat Balak: Numbers 22:2-25:9; Micah 5:6-6:8. There’s a special feeling that comes with entering a Jewish space. I guess before I go on, I should probably...

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