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  • Quality, Not Quantity

    By Rabbi Susan Laemmle

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This week's Torah portion begins a new biblical book, after which the parsha is named in English, "Numbers,"and in Hebrew, "Bamidbar," best translated as "In the Wilderness."

    Juxtaposing the two very different names turns out to have resonance, both then and now. Between leaving...

  • Contemporary Commandments

    By Rabbi Susan Laemmle

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    There is little doubt that Aseret Ha-dibrot, the Ten Commandments, form the centerpiece of Parshat Yitro and probably the entire Torah.

    The congregation rises three times a year when they are chanted. The paired tablets on which they were inscribed adorn most synagogue arks. And...

  • Face to Face

    By Rabbi Susan Laemmle

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Parashat Ki Tisa tells us that "the Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one man speaks to another." (Exodus 33:11) We also hear God telling Moses, "I have singled you out by name, and you have indeed gained My favor" (Exodus 33:12). In Numbers 12:8, God explains that only...

  • Familial Forgiveness

    By Rabbi Susan Laemmle

    January 4, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The syllabus for my USC general education class includes both Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and chapters 37-50 of Genesis -- the Joseph story or "novella." These two narratives share themes that commend themselves: forgiveness and reconciliation. Both Prospero and Joseph were set upon...

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  • Relationships with God

    By Rabbi Susan Laemmle

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When John and I married, our invitation featured a verse from this week's Haftorah (Isaiah 61:10-63:9): Yasis alayich Elochayich kimsos chatan al kalah, rendered freely as "Come join in the sanctification of our joy"; literally, "As a bridegroom rejoices in a bride, so your God will...

  • New Israel Fund Honors Rabbi Susan Laemmle

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Last week, Rabbi Richard Levy, executive director of the Los Angeles Hillel Council, introduced to the Central Conference of American Rabbis in Pittsburgh a new Reform movement manifesto. And according to Rabbi Susan Laemmle, that's not his only contribution to Reform. For without...
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