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Chaya’s Bat Mitzvah Speech

August 29, 2014
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Chaya’s Bat Mitzvah Speech

This past Shabbat we had an adult Bat Mitzvah at congregation Shuvah Yisrael. What made this so unique is that the Bat Mitzvah, Chaya Levy had converted to Judaism decades ago. In her drash Chaya shares from her Torah, Haftarah and besorah portions the theme of covenant faithfulness and what that has meant on...
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Metzora – Concerning Lips and Lepers

April 1, 2014
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Metzora – Concerning Lips and Lepers

Listen to an audio version This year Parashot Tazria and Metzorah are separated so we can learn more than we ever wanted to know about how the Kohanim helped people cope with infectious disease and illness. Probably because it was so prevalent in the ancient Near East, Tzara’at, commonly called leprosy is the focus...
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B’reishit – Denying the Naked Ape

September 26, 2013
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B’reishit – Denying the Naked Ape

Listen to an audio version In 2002 PETA initiated its “Holocaust on a Plate”, an advertising campaign intended to draw attention to the plight of animals raised in factory farms for the purpose of satisfying America and Europe’s insatiable appetite for meat. The campaign was tasteless and insensitive, and perceived by most to accomplish...
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Lessons Learned From A Little Sukkah

September 22, 2010
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Lessons Learned From A Little Sukkah

In Judaism it is considered a mitzvah to not only dwell in a sukkah, but also to build it. In fact the process is considered one of such joyous fulfillment that it is best to do it as soon after Yom Kippur as is possible. So on Sunday, the day after Yom Kippur we...
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First Entry; Good News for a Change

August 16, 2010
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First Entry; Good News for a Change

As is normally the case with the first entry on a blog few will take notice of this post. But it is important to me since it is helpful in organizing my own thoughts and articulating a purpose for this blog. I hope to share practical theology and biblical reflections, as this is my...
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