Nearing The End

Wow! We are about to complete the yearly cycle of reading the entire Five Books of Moses, The Torah, with only 2 more parshiot (portions) until we get to the very end of the scroll. But between now and the very last verses of the Torah, there are a bunch of holidays — Rosh HaShanah […]

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Coming In… and the Planet?

Last week, we were “going out” (“Ki Tetzei“) and this week, we are “coming in.” In the first words of this week’s parasha, Ki Tavo (“When You come In [to the land of Israel]”), we find Moses/Moshe continuing his long valedictory address to the people. He wants to cover all bases, since he isn’t coming […]

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Let My People Go!

For you to consider as you read this week’s blog post: Can you remember a time when you rejoiced in the pain suffered by someone whom you thought of as your enemy? What was that like? Did you feel justified or diminished? What would it take to set your joy aside? Why do you suppose […]

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Circumcision Alone a Jew Does Not Make

Professional view from a rabbi who believes most Jews still circumcize their sons, though they do not follow other “commandments”, because circumcision is a symbol of Jewish identity, not an assertion of Jewish faith or

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Why the Brit and Brit Bat Are So Popular Today

Professional view  by rabbi describing why people are choosing Jewish baby ceremonies–some because of the importance of continuing age-old traditions, and others because the Torah requires it.

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Handling Hesitations over Circumcision: One Couple’s Story

Professional view from a rabbi seeking to debunk the claims of anti-circumcision advocates.

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