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Wednesday 10/12/2016
Learning from the past
Updated: October 13, 2016 - 9:27 am

Ha’azinu, Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52

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Wednesday 10/05/2016
The Yom Kippur paradox
Posted: October 05, 2016

Yom Kippur

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Wednesday 09/28/2016
A lifetime in time
Posted: September 28, 2016

Nitzavim, Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20

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Wednesday 09/21/2016
Spiritual vs. material gain
Posted: September 21, 2016

Ki Tavo, Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8

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Wednesday 09/14/2016
Arise, blot out darkness
Posted: September 14, 2016

Ki Teitzei, Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19 — “Remember what Amalek did to you on your journey, after you left Egypt ... you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven. Do not forget!” (Deuteronomy 25:17-19) How many times have I erased something, painted over something or thrown something away because something wasn’t right? Many artists discard projects for a variety of reasons while identifying a mistake and envisioning something better.

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Wednesday 09/07/2016
The good person
Posted: September 07, 2016

Shoftim, Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9 — Isn’t being a good person enough? This question is at the forefront of reflexive responses when faced with the prospect of embracing organized religion. Let’s assume it’s enough. After all, logic dictates that it’s God’s will as it says, “Do that which is straight and right” (Deuteronomy 6:18).

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Wednesday 08/31/2016
‘Seeing is believing,’ but ‘doing’ is more important
Posted: August 31, 2016

Re’eh, Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17 — Because I am primarily a “visual learner,” I am attracted to the first word of this portion, Re’eh. I remember someone’s phone number better if I have visualized it on a list and I recall experiences better if I can replay them in my head as if they were on a DVR in my brain. It seems to me that our ancestors who went out of Egypt were also visual learners.

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Wednesday 08/24/2016
Taking pride in Judaism
Posted: August 24, 2016

Eikev, Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25 — When Moses references the desert that the Jews had just trekked, he uses a lot of adjectives and descriptors. He calls it, “The great, awesome desert; a place of snakes, serpents and scorpions, where there is thirst but no water.”

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Wednesday 08/17/2016
Using words to heal
Posted: August 17, 2016

Va’etchanan, Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11 — It’s been a long, hot summer.  There have been so many attacks and deaths that we list them by city – Orlando, Baghdad, Nice, Dallas, Istanbul, Quetta – obscuring individual names beneath the rubble and the blood. Week after week, we wonder why such cruelty exists, and whether someone we love will be hurt. We wonder what can be done to stop the violence.

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