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Knowing Tomorrow
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At the foot of Mount Sinai – the very same spot where the most awesome events had unfolded a mere forty days earlier – the people were anxious. Moshe, their leader, had not come down, and fear for his survival spread throughout the camp. What happens next seems inconceivable on so many levels: How could […]
Can there be Compassion without Justice?
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At the height of the drama of the Golden Calf a vivid and enigmatic scene takes place. Moses has secured forgiveness for the people. But now, on Mount Sinai yet again, he does more. He asks God to be with the people. He asks Him to “teach me Your ways,” and “show me Your glory” […]
Purim and the Masks We Wear
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Have you ever been in a situation in which you were afraid to reveal who you really are? Have you ever felt as if you were wearing a mask and dressed up like someone else? This can happen to individuals, but it can also happen to a nation. One of the results of living in […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Ki Tisa: “The Masked Man”
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As a person who likes to see the connections between the Jewish calendar of holiday celebrations and the weekly Torah reading, I have long been perplexed by the proximity of Purim to this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11-34:35). We generally read Parshat Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11-34:35) soon after concluding the celebration of the […]