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Vaetchanan 5777 – The Oneness of God

August 8, 2017
Unity of the Universe

שְׁמַ֖ע יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל יְי אֱ-לֹהֵ֖ינוּ יְי אֶחָֽד׃ Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God, the Lord is One …Deuteronomy 6:4 The most famous Jewish prayer is in this week’s Torah reading. These are probably the most familiar Hebrew words in the entire language. Words we are commanded to say in the morning when we get...
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Vaetchanan 5775 – Thou Shalt Not Murder

July 31, 2015
Thou Shalt Not Murder

This has been a difficult week in Jerusalem. On Thursday an ultra-Orthodox man went on a rampage and attempted to kill six people at Jerusalem’s Gay Pride Parade. One of my daughters and I were about 100 yards away from where the attack took place as it was taking place. I was horrified to...
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Vaetchanan 5771 — God is One

August 18, 2011

Shema Yisrael, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai Echad Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God, the Lord is One …Deuteronomy 6:4 These are probably the most familiar Hebrew words in the entire language. We are commanded to say these words in the morning when we get up, and we are commanded to say them when we...
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Vaetchanan 5768 – The Mitzvot and Israel

August 16, 2008
Vaetchanan 5768 – The Mitzvot and Israel

This D’var Torah was delivered at Moreshet Yisrael in Jerusalem on August 16, 2008 Moses was one of the most selfless men who ever lived. Throughout his life he thought of others, not of himself. When God told him he was needed to help his long lost Jewish brethren, he set out on a...
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Vaetchanan 5767 – Pleas and Supplications

July 29, 2007

ואתחנן אל ידוד בעת ההוא לאמר “And I pleaded with the Lord at that time, saying…” At the beginning of this week’s Torah reading, Vaetchanan, Moses is reminding the Jewish people how he pleaded with God, begging to be given the opportunity to come into the Promised Land – all to no avail, or...
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Vaetchanan 5766

August 4, 2006

Judaism is a religion that has traditionally defined our relationship with God through our efforts to do God’s will by obeying His commandments.  There are 613 commandments that the Jewish people are communally obligated to fulfill – 248 positive commandments, things we are enjoined to do, like honoring our parents or giving to charity,...
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