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A RETURN TO THE SABBATH

Monday, September 15, 2014

During this period of reflective thought, there is one issue that, in my opinion, stands out. And that is the issue of Sabbath observance within the Jewish world. The rabbis of the Talmud placed the Sabbath at the forefront of all the commandments, and essentially as the lodestone of Jewish identity. Sabbath observance brought with it personal trust and cooperation in all social and religious matters in Jewish life. During the last two centuries of Jewish history, first in Eastern Europe and later in the United States and the West, the Sabbath slipped away from the grasp of millions of Jews. There were many reasons for this occurrence – financial, the dislocation of immigration and...

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NITZAVIM – VAYELECH

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Torah reading for this week is a fitting conclusion to the year that is about to depart from us. At the end of his long life and after decades of service to the Jewish people, Moshe renews the covenant between God and the people of Israel. He makes clear to the new generation of Jews standing before him, a generation that was not part of the experience of Egypt, nor present at the moment of revelation at Sinai, that the original covenant between God and the Jewish people remains in force. And he states that it will continue to be so throughout the Jewish future. The covenant cannot be repealed, altered or ignored. It is the basis for all Jewish life and it is the leitmotif of all...

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