The Jewish View

Rosh Hashanah: Why don’t we confess our sins on Rosh Hashanah?

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By Rabbi Eli Yoggev The High Holidays are all about mending our ways and atoning for our sins. To be sure, this is the central...

Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech: On the importance of tradition

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By Asher Uddeme This week, we read two portions from the Torah, Nitzavim and Vayelech. Both portions emphasize the chain of tradition. In the opening...

Parshat Ki Tavo: The sweetness of community

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By Rabbi Yechiel Shaffer We are presented in this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo, with the mitzvah known in Hebrew as Bikkurim. This agricultural commandment instructs...

Parshat Ki Teitzei: Elul Zman in a Messy Year

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We are slowly moving into the heart of the Hebrew month of Elul, which is traditionally a time of deep introspection in preparation for...
Like many people, I’ve been on the lookout for different forms of escapism during this pandemic. My go to is watching legal and police procedurals, primarily fiction, with a bonus if they contain elements of humor.

Parshat Shoftim Even the Powerful Do Not Need to Have All the Answers

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By Rabbah Arlene Berger Like many people, I’ve been on the lookout for different forms of escapism during this pandemic. My go to is watching...

Parshat Re’eh: Giving Without Calculations

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By Rabbi Shmuel Gurary R’ Zushe from Anipoli, a famed Chassidic master who lived in the late 1700s, would spend hours meditating and praying every...
Rabbi Gruenberg

Parshat Ekev: A Relationship Should Not Be Based on Fear

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The Reform theologian Jakob Josef Petuchowski once wrote the following about this week’s Torah portion: “A Jew reads the Torah not as one reads...
Rabbi James Michaels

Parshat Vaetchanan: The Shema’s Amazing Staying Power

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By Rabbi James R. Michaels “Shema Yisrael ...” Almost any Jew who hears these two Hebrew words knows that they mean: “Hear, O Israel!” And...
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Parshat Devarim: The Voice of Hashem in Our Heart

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By Rabbi Yerachmiel Shapiro If not for coronavirus, synagogues across the world would begin reading the book of Deuteronomy this week. Many would call this...
Rabbi Elissa Sachs-Cohen

Parshat Matot-Masei: Embracing Our Uncertainty

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By Rabbi Elissa Sachs-Kohen We are living through challenging times, times that can feel like a wilderness in which we truly do not know where...