Dvar Torah Lech Lecha

Lech Lecha 5778   By: Dr. Israel Zoberman   Noah was destined to be neither the father of the Jewish people nor the founder of our faith. Though the most righteous one in his corrupt generation, he failed to reach out and save human lives besides those of his family. Thus, the Rabbis who were […]

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The Law of Return – is it time for the Return of the Law? Issues facing the Law of Return almost 70 years after its enactment By Nicole Maor The Law of Return is one the shortest laws in Israel’s legislature – just over one page long.  It exemplifies the Zionist dream and the cornerstone […]

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Sukkot 5778

Sukkot 5778   By: Rabbi Nava Hefetz & Rabbi Tamara Schagas   After the days of Awe – the days of judgment and blot, forgiveness and repentance – come the days of celebration, the days of joy and of praise. After fasting, we rejoice in Sukkot as the Torah instructs us in Deuteronomy 16:15: Seven […]

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Our Defects May Teach Us What Our Blessings Cannot (Yom Kippur) By: Rabbi David J. Gelfand As we approach Yom Kippur we say,  G’mar hatimah tova… May it be a good ending, as we leave Yamim Noraim and begin the journey of a new year…  But life teaches us new meanings to old words and […]

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Dvar Torah Ha’Azinu

Return to the Rock of Israel – Parashat Ha’Azinu (Deuteronomy 32:1-43)   “Tsur Yisrael, kumah be’ezrat Yisrael – Rock of Israel, rise in support of Israel…”. These are the words we sing on Shabbat mornings – and in that moment it is actually the congregation that rises for the recitation of the Amidah. We do […]

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Dvar Torah Nitzavim-Vayeilech

Parshat Nitzavim-Vayeilech (Deuteronomy 30:11-19)   This week’s Torah portion includes the well-known command from God to the Children of Israel: “I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before thee life and death, the blessing and the curse; therefore choose life, that thou mayest live, thou and thy […]

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Dvar Torah Ki Tavo

Parashat Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-11)   By: Rabbi Barbara Borts In Ki Tavo, we join the Israelites on a journey towards a special location, to be chosen by God, in the land in which they were going to settle.  They would bring a vat filled with the first fruits to the Cohen on that spot, […]

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Dvar Torah Ki Teitzei

74 Laws and Yet It Is Not Enough – Parashat Ki Teitzei   By: Rabbi Melanie Aron Parashat Ki Teitzei contains the most laws of any Torah portion, seventy-four, more than one tenth of all the laws in the Torah, but it is also a good reminder that for the development of the halachah, Biblical […]

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Dvar Torah Shoftim

What is our Responsibility for Choosing Leaders? – Parshat Shoftim   By: Rabbi Neal Borovitz Rabbi Emeritus Temple Avodat Shalom, River Edge NJ, USA   “You Shall appoint judges and public officials for your tribes, in all the settlements that Adonai Your God is giving to you, and they shall govern the people with due […]

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