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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.

Fateful Words Can Have Fatal Consequences

The Jewish people's turbulent saga of disillusionment with liberation takes a new and momentarily promising turn this Shabbat, with a foray into the land of Canaan by twelve scouts.

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The Good Land
Davar Acher By: 
Kevin M. Kleinman

A baseball scout is responsible for traveling from town to town, observing the players on a particular team, and then reporting back to his superiors about their strengths and weaknesses so the tea

Attempt to Enter the Promised Land, Take One: Fail

The end of this week's parashah includes some short, but memorable pieces of legislation: the explanation for why we tithe a little dough when making challah (Numbers 15:20-21); the killin

D'var Torah By: 
“You Will Always Pass Failure on the Way to Success”*
Davar Acher By: 
Alice R. Goldfinger

My son has a set of brightly colored keys attached to his school backpack.

The Medium and the Message

Last week, after getting a glimpse of the Promised Land, but finding out that he would not enter it, Moses began his farewell address. What does he choose for his parting words? A story . . .

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Eikev : A Well-Heeled Channel to Discovery
Davar Acher By: 
Bruce E. Kahn

We all admire Discovery Channel, but watching it is a rather passive activity.

The Empty Ark

In our parashah this week, Moses instructs the Israelites that they must not interpret their inheritance of the Promised Land as a sign of divine acknowledgement of their spir

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Was the Ark Really Empty?
Davar Acher By: 
Scott Shpeen

I stood in my grandmother's empty apartment. In the silence of that space a flood of memories filled my mind.

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