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Bereshit 5775 – Knowing Good from Evil

October 20, 2014
Bereshit 5775 – Knowing Good from Evil

“And the LORD God said: ‘Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever.’ Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the Garden of Eden, to...
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Bereshit 5774 – Guardians of the World

September 27, 2013
Bereshit 5774 – Guardians of the World

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” …Genesis 1:28 And the Lord God took the man, and put him...
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Bereshit 5772 — We hold these truths to be self-evident

October 22, 2011
Bereshit 5772 — We hold these truths to be self-evident

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” Everyone knows the famous words that open America’s Declaration of Independence. But are these truths self-evident?  There have been civilizations, such as ancient Egypt, that believed certain people, such as their rulers, were gods. This week we start again the annual cycle...
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Bereshit 5770

October 16, 2009

It’s almost Shabbat here in New York where I find myself this week, so I don’t have time to write a whole d’var Torah, but I wanted to share a thought to have in mind as Shabbat starts.  I believe the most important teaching in this week’s Torah portion — Bereshit, the opening chapters...
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Bereishit 5766 — On Turning Fifty

October 28, 2006
Speed Limit 50

In all the excitement over the big events that happen in the beginning of this week’s parsha – like “in the beginning” – a lot of times we don’t pay so much attention to what’s at the end of this week’s parsha. In fact poor chapter 5 of the book of Genesis is undoubtedly...
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Bereshit 5767 — Science and Religion

October 20, 2006
Bereshit 5767 — Science and Religion

  Bereshit bara El-him et hashamayim v’et ha’aretz, “in beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”     The Torah tells us that God created the world in six days.  On the first day God said “let there be light” and there was light.  On the second day God created Heaven to separate...
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