Our special guest today is Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, Executive Vice President of the Rabbinical Assembly. Rabbi Schonfeld, who is also a member of President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary. Prior to her position at the Rabbinical Assembly, she served as the director of Synagogue Affairs at the American Jewish World Service and as Rabbi of The Society for the Advancement of Judaism in Manhattan. In addition to her Rabbinical work, Schonfeld has past experience in theater education and performance art, and holds a degree from Yale University.
This Week's Torah Portion- Parashat Va'etchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11)- continues to present Moses' review of the Torah. Moses tells how he implored God to let him into the Promised Land and how God refused. He recounts the story of the Exodus from Egypt, declaring it an unprecedented event in human history. He predicts how in the future the people of Israel will sin, worship other gods, get exiled, and return to obey the lord outside the Promised Land. The portion also includes a repetition of the Ten Commandments and of the verses of the Shema.