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Ekev 5776 – “If you obey these commandments…”

August 31, 2016
heaven and hell

Ekev is a great name for this week’s parsha.  It means “will follow.” It’s the same as the word for heel, as in “on the heels of.”  And that surely is the theme of this week’s parsha. The opening verse tells us If you will obey these commandments, and keep them and do them,...
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Birmingham City Council Invocation August 23, 2016

August 24, 2016
Rabbi Barry Leff

Rav Barry giving the invocation at the Birmingham City Council meeting on August 23, 2016 Tweet
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Devarim 5776 – Tisha b’Av and Geopolitics

August 14, 2016
The Third Temple

On this day, 2,602 years ago, the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed for the first time. On this day, 1,946 years ago, the Temple was destroyed for the second time. On this day, 1,883 years ago, the Romans crushed the Bar Kochba revolt at Betar, outside Jerusalem. On this day, 524 years ago, King...
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Matot Masei 5776 – Life’s Journeys

August 12, 2016
Sinai Peninsula

This second part of this week’s Torah reading, Masei, begins with a bit of a travelogue.  Eleh masei v’nai Yisrael, “These are the journeys of the people of Israel.”  And the Torah goes on to record the 42 stages the Hebrew nation went through on their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. Why...
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