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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Dvar Torah Re’eh

Choosing Wisely – Parashat Re’eh   By: Rabbi Morley T. Feinstein   What does it mean to choose? How important are our decisions? Choosing can range from what to wear, to what to say, to how to live our lives. In our Torah portion, Re’eh, God places before the Israelites blessings and curses as they […]

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Dvar Torah Eikev

Do Not Waste God’s Bounty – Parashat Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25)   Every year in the United Kingdom, 18 millions tonnes of food end up in landfills. Approximately, one-third comes from the producers of the supply chain, one-third from retail, and one-third from households. It costs the country 23 billions British Pounds every year. […]

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Dvar Torah Va’etchanan

Parashat Va’etchanan (Nachamu) Deuteronomy 3:23 – 7:11 By: Rabbi Fred Morgan I’m writing this drash in the week of the Wall: the week when the Israeli government decided to freeze its promise, negotiated through the good offices of the Jewish Agency over 18 months ago, to legalise freedom of religion at the Kotel by permitting […]

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Dvar Torah Devarim

Shabbat Chazon – A Sabbath of Vision Parashat Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22)   By: Rabbi Paul (Shaul) R Feinberg   Death and Life Are In the Power of The Tongue (Proverbs 18:20) “These are the words that Moses spoke to all of Israel (1:1)….” Thus opens the fifth book of Torah, with Moses exhorting […]

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Dvar Torah Matot – Masei

About Priorities – Parashat Matot – Masei (Numbers 30:2 – 36:13)   By: Rabbi Maya Leibovich* “Let this land be given to your servants as a heritage; do not take us across the Jordan.”(Bamidbar 32,5b). This is what two and a half tribes ask of Moses as the people of Israel are getting ready to […]

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Dvar Torah Pinchas

Parashat Pinchas (Numbers 25:10 – 30:1)   By: Rabbi Brad L. Bloom, Congregation Beth Yam, Hilton Head, SC   In life we do not always accomplish our dreams. We anticipate, for example, retirement hoping on leaving behind us a legacy; yet, often times that road to glory can be tricky. Unexpected results can alter those […]

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