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Be Careful What You Want

I spend a lot of time with preteens, young people about to celebrate their becoming b’nei mitzvah.

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You Will Not Covet: The Great Reward of Living a Sacred Life
Davar Acher By: 
Mark S. Glickman

Our commentary poses an interesting and important question: Numbers one through nine of the Ten Commandments deal with behaviors concerning Shabbat, honoring parents, theft, murder, adultery, and s

Everything Flows from God: Everything Depends on You

This year, I have the pleasure of studying the Book of Exodus together with the lay-led Hebrew Bible study group at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, North Carolina, where I serve as senior rabbi.

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Reminding Us of Covenantal Obligations
Davar Acher By: 
Stephen Lewis Fuchs

If I had been privileged to be in Rabbi Dinner’s discussion group, I would have offered the opinion that the first two commandments (and we should note that our Christian neighbors number the comma

The Creative Power of Words

"Sticks and stones," the nursery rhyme says, "may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." The intent of this pithy statement is probably to help children solve disputes with words rather tha

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Ideas of Creation
Davar Acher By: 
Lawrence A. Hoffman

Rabbi Moffic discusses the power of words in creation. Did the biblical author who wrote this account of creation think he was telling a truth?

Creating a Meaningful World

There are many different ways to understand the majestic account of the Creation described in the beginning of the Torah.

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Using the Light of Consciousness
Davar Acher By: 
Joan Glazer Farber

As Dr. Ochs teaches, the process of creation is more than that described in our parashah; it is an ongoing process that God renews every day.

Seeking Knowledge

It’s true, I have a thing for trees. I love the way they look and smell, the different heights, the fruits, the nuts, the flowers, the bark, the roots, the leaves; I love it all.

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An Apple a Day...
Davar Acher By: 
Bill S. Tepper

In her commentary on Parashat B’reishit, Rabbi Dunsker perceptively points out how from different fruits and trees we may glean the knowledge for living meaningful and therefore fruitful l


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