Shabbat Zachor: Massacre in Itamar

March 19, 2011   Zachor. Remember. Today is Shabbat Zachor, the Sabbath of remembrance.  Is it a plea, an imperative, a commandment?  We are usually told to remember something that happened some time ago.  We are implored to remember in order to keep the memory of a past event, or person alive.   Shabbat Zachor …

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VaYikra – Is Sacrifice A Thing of the Past?

March 12, 2011   It was fifty years ago when we first heard the stirring words proclaimed by the young president who inspired us with a memorable inaugural address. I still remember the speech and recall being uplifted by the message.   “…Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and …

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The Triangle Shirt Waist Fire

March 26, 2011   Is there such a thing as a Jewish fire?   Last week we read about the fire that was kept constantly burning on the altar of the Sanctuary. This week we read about the fire offered in the sanctuary at the time the children of Aaron became consecrated and assumed their …

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