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Torah Portion

By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

March 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

Context is everything. Certainly, this must besaid concerning the curious opening of this week's Torah portion. Forthe portion opens with a command that has been issued many timesbefore: the... read full article

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Deeply ingrained ideas die hard. This week'sparasha,however, helps to ring the death knell for one such idea. Many of ushave been trained to believe that the Torah's commandments can bebroken down into two basic categories. These re: the mitzvot we do for God and themitzvot we do for...
  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    My older cousin, Earl, was into Judaism in a bigway when I was a kid. I mean, he was cool and everything -- playedguitar, had long hair, a beard, earth shoes and his own room in theattic -- but the guy loved to daven. From what I can remember, thismade him something of an exception...
  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The Nazis took my uncle Henry at the beginning ofthe war. He survived more than five years as a slave. Young andstrong, he was a carpenter, and they needed carpenters. At first,they moved him from camp to camp, including a stay at Pleshow, whereSchindler's people were kept. And,...

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  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Seeing Beyond Our Culture

    Parashat Shemot(Exodus1:1-6:1)

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    My son was 7 the first time he saw a beggarstanding beside the freeway offramp: a large man, disheveled andfilthy, with a hand-lettered cardboard sign that read, "WILL WORK FORFOOD." "Abba, who is that man?"...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Pity Esau. One moment of weakness, one moment ofimpulse, and his birthright is gone. He goes out to fulfill hisfather's dying wish for a savory meal of game, and while he's outhunting, his mother and brother conspire and rob him of his blessing.Returning to his father with the feast,...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    In 1620, our Pilgrim ancestors escapedthe tyranny and religious persecution of the Old World and braved atreacherous journey to find freedom on this continent. They landed atPlymouth Rock, Mass. Settling at the edge of a vast wilderness, theynearly perished. They were rescued by...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    You know me, Rabbi. You know how important thesynagogue is to me, how much I enjoy services; you see me at yourTorah classes. You know what kind of Jew I am: I am the only one atthe family seder table who can read the Hebrew side of the Haggadah,but they won't accept me, because I...

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