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Expanding the Covenant

At the edge of the Promised Land, Moses convenes his people one last time, to draw them into the covenant between them and their God.

D'var Torah By: 
A Plea for Unity
Davar Acher By: 
David J. Meyer

When Moses addresses the Israelite nation before his passing, he goes to great lengths to assure that everyone gathered is explicitly included as part of the covenantal community.

All You Need Is Love?

"All the world needs is love." We hear that refrain in our music, in our theologies, in conversations prosaic and profound.

D'var Torah By: 
Eikev: Divine Reward and Punishment
Davar Acher By: 
Jessica Kessler Marshall

Rabbi Milgrom's d'var Torah explores our conditional brit, covenant, with the Eternal. We read, "If, then, you obey the commandments . . .

The “Close to You” Mystery

All the Jewish endings come together every year. Here we are at the last Shabbat of 5770. We are almost at the end of the Torah, with just five chapters left to go.

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Is That the Best You Can Do?
Davar Acher By: 
Rabbi Yair Robinson

There is a story told by Winston Lord of a speech he wrote for Henry Kissinger. “[Kissinger] called me in the next day and said, ‘Is this the best you can do?’ . . .

Every Dot Is Rich in Meaning

There are sections of the Torah that call out for our attention just from the way they are written in the sefer Torah, the Torah scroll, itself.

D'var Torah By: 
Confronting Challenging Issues in Our Text
Davar Acher By: 
Rabbi Bruce Kadden

In her commentary on this week’s portion, Rabbi Aron calls our attention to the verse, “Concealed acts concern the Eternal our God; but with overt acts, it is for us and our children ever to apply

Standing Together, Standing Apart

The Hebrew month of Elul invites us into a period of preparatory self-reflection and contemplation, calling us to center our thoughts on our own t'shuvah.

D'var Torah By: 
A Model for Leadership Transition
Davar Acher By: 
Beth Ellen Young

Included in the Torah portion Vayeilech, one of the two portions read this week, is the public transition of leadership from Moses to Joshua.

Survival and Sustenance

Parashat Eikev, the third Torah portion in Deuteronomy, addresses the promises associated with the realization and fulfillment of Israel's covenant with God on the one hand, and mentions t

D'var Torah By: 
You Only Need to Ask
Davar Acher By: 
Jeffrey Gale

Many years ago, I enjoyed a Shabbat dinner with an observant family living in Jerusalem.


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