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Ki Tisa 5771: The Land and Idol Worship

February 18, 2011
Ki Tisa 5771: The Land and Idol Worship

“Justice, justice shall you pursue” The Torah commands us to behave justly. It’s not enough to follow the strict letter of the law if that would lead to an injustice. I was at the site of the unrecognized Bedouin village of El Arakib today. The Jewish National Fund and the State of Israel have...
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Ki Tisa 5767 – The Power of the Story

March 9, 2007
Ki Tisa 5767 – The Power of the Story

For people who witnessed a lot of miracles, like the plagues in Egypt and the parting of the Red Sea, our ancestors did not show a lot of faith. Not long after the miracles of leaving Egypt, Moses went up on Mount Sinai to receive the 10 Commandments from God. This week’s Torah reading, Ki...
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Ki Tisa 5766 — Ordaining Gays and Lesbians

February 3, 2006

 Surely the greatest treasure the world has ever known was the original two tablets of the Ten Commandments. These were no ordinary pieces of stone with a little of writing engraved on them. In this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tisa, we are told that tablets were ma’aseh Elohim, they were the work of God—the...
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Ki Tisa 5765 – Giving to Everyone

February 19, 2005
Ki Tisa 5765 – Giving to Everyone

“And Aaron said to them, Take off the golden ear rings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them to me.  And all the people took off the golden ear rings which were in their ears, and brought them to Aaron.” …Exodus 32:2-3 “Speak to the people...
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Ki Tisa 5764 — Hockey and the Evil Inclination

February 3, 2004

  Can you imagine what an amazing experience it would have been to stand at Mt. Sinai when God’s presence was right there? When Moses went up the mountain to receive the Torah? From the description in the Torah, it would have been a truly awe-inspiring experience. Everyone there was brought to a very...
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