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Posts Tagged ‘Isaiah’

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Weekly Torah Portion – National Pride Is Universal

Parshat Lech Lecha: Genesis 12:1-17:27; Isaiah 40:27-41:16. The Jews know the dangers of extreme nationalism, which has led to anti-Semitism and fascism, and the dangers of the rejection of all nationalism, which has led to Soviet communism and to anti-Zionism. In Lech Lecha, Abraham, Sarah and God search for a way of balancing the creation…

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Weekly Torah Portion – Over The Rainbow

Parshat Noach: Genesis 6:9-11:32; Isaiah 54:1-55:5. When was the last time you saw a rainbow? Not too long ago, I saw a beautiful rainbow as I was walking out of temple after a long, exhausting, rainy, dreary day. Seeing that rainbow lifted my spirits, giving me a little boost as I slowed my steps to…

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Weekly Torah Portion – The Power To Create

Parshat Bereshit: Genesis: 1:1-6:8; Isaiah 42:5-43:10. We’ve turned to, literally, the beginning. The beginning of Torah with the Book of Genesis and the beginning of our world with the story of Creation. Following the story of Creation, we continue to read about Adam and Eve — their lives in the garden of Eden, eating from…

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Parshat Nitzavim

Weekly Torah Portion – We Are All In This Together

Parshat Nitzavim: Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20; Isaiah 61:10-68:9. Parshat Nitzavim is one of my favorite Torah readings of the entire year: 1) because it contains so much meaningful information that demands reflection in a compact space and 2) because its emphasis on “return,” with its repeated use of the root “shuv,” is the perfect introduction to the…

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Weekly Torah Portion – The Blessings In Life

Parshat KiTavo: Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8; Isaiah 60-1-22. A friend of mine recently moved to Flatbush. He’s doing comedy in the city, but Manhattan apartment prices have pushed him deep into Brooklyn, so now he’s surrounded by yeshivahs and delis rather than upscale boutiques and … well, I guess still delis. He grew up in a secular…

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Weekly Torah Portion – Preserving Dignity

Parshat Ki Tetze: Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19; Isaiah 54:1-10 Human dignity has always been a central concern of the Torah and the Jewish tradition. The Torah portion this week gives us several examples of protections that were provided for people who were at a disadvantage in ancient societies such as the poor, the resident alien, widows, orphans…

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Weekly Torah Portion – The Body Is Sacred

Parshat Shoftim: Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9; Isaiah 51:12-52:12 This week’s Torah portion introduces the prohibition against mutilating or harming one’s body as a sign of mourning. Our rabbis explain that we may not mutilate our bodies because they are, in fact, not ours. They are God’s body and God’s soul, which He placed within specially designed physical…

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Weekly Torah Portion – The Proof Of Prophecy

Parshat Re’eh: Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17; Isaiah 66:11-24. (Shabbat Rosh Chodesh) The litmus test for true prophecy described in this week’s Torah portion (Deuteronomy 13:2-6) reveals much about the prophet’s role in ancient Israel. In a nutshell, an individual claiming to be a prophet, even if this individual provides seemingly miraculous signs and wonders in support of…

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Weekly Torah Portion – The Celebration of Life

Parshat Ekev: Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25; Isaiah 49:14-51:3. Jews have been pioneers in medicine for more than a thousand years. From Maimonides to Clara Stone to Jonas Salk, Jewish doctors have been in the forefront of new treatments and therapies. The central book of Judaism, the Torah, though, does not offer specific medical techniques or prescriptions. In…

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Weekly Torah Portion – The Original Prayer Book

Parshat V’etchanan: Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11; Isaiah 40:1-26. In this week’s Torah portion, we find Moses’ personal prayer, petitioning God for entry into the Land of Israel. Moses prayed to God countless times — but which prayer book did he use? In a synagogue today, you can find all sorts of prayers in the siddur. There are…

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