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Parashat Eikev (August 27, 2016)
By Bettijane Eisenpreis
NO MERCY

Even in normal times, the above quotation from Deuteronomy would be cringe-inducing. There’s no doubt about it: God tells the Israelites to destroy all the inhabitants of the Promised Land. Never mind that it didn’t happen. Never mind that this probably was written when the reverse was taking place: The inhabitants of the countries where Jews lived were intent on destroying them. Still, the instructions are clear: The Israelites are to show no mercy to “the peoples that the Lord your God delivers unto you.”

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Parashat Va-et'chanan (August 20, 2016)
By Wendy Glick
DON’T STEAL. DON’T CROSS THE STREET ON A RED LIGHT. Don’t drive without wearing a seat belt. Don’t play ball in the house. How often are we instructed what to do and not do? Ever stop yourself from doing what you want because in your heart you know it is wrong, illegal, hurtful or just downright stupid?

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Parashat D'varim (August 13, 2016)
By Bettijane Eisenpreis
WHAT’S THE GOOD WORD?

We call the book “Deuteronomy,” which is Greek for “Second Telling,” but its Hebrew name is D’varim (Words), and from the very beginning we know that words are going to be important. The Jewish people always have been “the people of the Book,” and to build a book you need words.

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Parashat D'varim (August 13, 2016)
By Bettijane Eisenpreis
WHAT’S THE GOOD WORD?

We call the book “Deuteronomy,” which is Greek for “Second Telling,” but its Hebrew name is D’varim (Words), and from the very beginning we know that words are going to be important. The Jewish people always have been “the people of the Book,” and to build a book you need words.

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Parashat Matot/Mas-ei (August 6, 2013)
By Rabbi David M. Posner
MATOT AND MAS-EI are among the seven designated Torah portions that, depending upon the number of Sabbaths in a year, are read either as two separate portions or combined to assure the reading of the entire Torah.

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