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TETZAVEH - SHABBAT ZACHOR

Posted on February 18th, 2018

Exodus 27:20 - 30:10; Maftir:  Deuteronomy 25:17-19 

 

By: Reb Mimi Feigelson, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies 


The Shabbat before Purim is most famous for its name - Shabbat Zachor - the Shabbat of remembering. A month before Nissan we begin to read four additional Torah sections to prepare us for Pesach and all that the festival entails (yes, once Purim is over, Pesach cleaning begins...). Till this day, even though we no longer observe the laws of ritual holiness, we still read the section regarding the red heifer in two weeks time. But this coming Shabbat stands out in its proximity to Purim - Shabbat Zachor will always be the Shabbat prior to Purim.

Tradition teaches us that Haman was an offspring of Amalek, and therefore, we are asked to remember - Zachor - that there is an ongoing force that pursues and challenges us as we journey through life.

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Terumah

Posted on February 11th, 2018

Exodus 25:1 - 27:19


Rabbi Brent C. Spodek for myjewishlearning.com


In Forgiveness, Making Space for the Divine


To forgive is to hold on to the future more tightly than the past.


A dear friend recently got a letter that is rearranging her life.

Her childhood was difficult — screaming fights, police intervention when her father got violent, constant fear. Her body and soul were scarred by her father, and then one day she came home from middle school and her father was gone, never to be heard from again.

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Shabbat Shekalim - Mishpatim

Posted on February 4th, 2018

Exodus 21:1 - 24:18


Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg  for myjewishlearning.com 


Ascending the Mountain


The work of covenant involves a lot less feeling and a lot more action.


All too often, we think about connection with the sacred — with the holy, with God — as being about warm, fuzzy feelings. Those profound moments in prayer and meditation when something feels like it’s opening up, even just a little.  And yet. Parashat Mishpatim makes it clear that even the most powerful theophany isn’t, in the scheme of things, all that important.

The work of covenant, this portion shows us, is sometimes daily and plodding — involving a lot less feeling and a lot more action. It’s not a coincidence that Mishpatim also includes the commandments neither to mistreat the stranger nor oppress the widow or the orphan. It also demands that we not charge interest in moneylending, not follow the masses in doing evil, not spread false rumors, not subvert the rights of the needy and that we rest on Shabbat.

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Yitro

Posted on January 28th, 2018

Exodus 18:1 - 20:23 


Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels for myjewishlearning.com 


Negative and Positive Freedom


We are called on daily to "proclaim liberty throughout the land."


In this week’s Torah portion, Yitro, we read of the revelation at Sinai that follows last week’s Exodus from Egypt. What is this relationship between freedom and revelation, between Exodus and Sinai?

The Hasidic master R. Yehudah Leib Alter of Ger explains that Sinai follows the Exodus because “the purpose of all the commandments…is so that every person of Israel be free (Sefat Emet, Language of Truth, pp. 319-320).” Revelation follows liberation because while freedom might have been initiated at the Exodus, it is only completed at Sinai.

Yet what kind of freedom is this? What kind of freedom is maintained by the revelation of laws and commandments which, on their surface, seem to limit freedom?

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Beshalach

Posted on January 21st, 2018

Exodus 13:17 - 17:16


Rabbi Adam Greenwald for myjewishlearning.com 


Children of Nachshon


Liberation comes only to the courageous.


Every year we tell this story:

Our ancestors left Egypt a teeming multitude, a ragtag crowd of former slaves in a great hurry for a long-awaited deliverance. They made their way toward freedom, only to find a great sea blocking their path. And God said to Moses: “Lift up your hands and the sea will split.” And Moses held his arm out over the sea and God drove back the sea with a mighty wind all that night. The water split and the children of Israel walked —”B’toch ha-yam b’yabasha” — in the midst of the sea on dry ground, waters forming a translucent wall on either side.

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