Reconsidering the Ark

Reconsidering the Ark

Parshat Ekev – פרשת עקב August 27, 2016 – כ”ג אב תשע”ו   This essay is sponsored by Suzy Levin in memory of her mother, שירה בת אריה לייב ורחל ז”ל.   Reconsidering the Ark   In Moses’ valedictory address, he reminisced about the origins of the ark.  Before ascending Mount Horeb for the final time, Moses...

The Jews through Gentile Eyes

The Jews through Gentile Eyes

  Parshat Va’etchanan – פרשת ואתחנן August 20, 2016 – ט”ז אב תשע”ו This essay is sponsored by Gary & Janet Waller in honor of Sam & Bruria’s upcoming wedding.   The Jews through Gentile Eyes   Moses assured the Israelites that their fealty to God’s commandments would raise the esteem in which other...

Thought on Lamentations

Restoring the Glorious Past Rabbi Evan Hoffman – Congregation Anshe Sholom The penultimate verse of Megillat Eichah is one of the best known Scriptural citations in Hebrew liturgy because it is recited at the conclusion of the Torah service as the curtains of the ark are closed.  “Take us back, O Lord, to Yourself, and

City of Refuge

City of Refuge

Parshat Matot-Masei – פרשת מטות-מסעי August 6, 2016 – ב אב תשע”ו   This essay is sponsored by David Tantleff in memory of his father, Milton Tantleff משה מרדכי בן אהרן; and by Jay Berkowitz in memory of his mother, Miriam Berkowitz מרים בת מאיר.   Seeking Asylum   Numbers 35 sets forth the law of asylum for an...