Dvarim

Parashat Ki Tetzei 5779

September 13, 2019 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Dvarim

A D’var Torah for Parashat Ki Tetzei By Rabbi Bruce Alpert (’11) As a rabbinical student, I attended a lecture taught by a sofer – a scribe – who demonstrated for us some of the tools he used in creating … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Shoftim 5779

September 6, 2019 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Dvarim

A D’var Torah for Parashat Shoftim By Cantor Sandy Horowitz (’14) “Return to Me”. As I was folding my food-delivery bag I saw those printed words on the bottom. The actual words were “Return Me” (a message for the sake of sustainability) … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Re’eh 5779

August 29, 2019 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Dvarim

There Never Was an Idolatrous City A D’var Torah for Parashat Re’eh By Rabbi Len Levin “See, this day I set before you blessing and curse.” (Deut. 11:26) “I have put before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Eikev 5779

August 23, 2019 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Dvarim

A D’var Torah for Parashat Eikev By Rabbi Isaac Mann In the beginning of this week’s Torah reading we have two references to the manna (man in Hebrew) that sustained the Israelites in the desert for forty years as a … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Va’ethanan 5779

August 16, 2019 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Dvarim

  A D’var Torah for Parashat Va’ethanan By Rabbi David Markus It’s fitting that the “Jewish greatest hits” of Parashat Va’ethanan come immediately after Tisha b’Av. After our spiritual calendar’s lowest day, Torah promises that anyone who seeks God with … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Devarim 5779

August 9, 2019 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Dvarim

A D’var Torah for Parashat Devarim By Rabbi Heidi Hoover (’11) Devarim is the first significant word of this week’s Torah portion, and therefore it gives the Torah portion its name. Because this week is the first portion in the … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Nitzavim 5778

September 6, 2018 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Dvarim

A D’var Torah for Parashat Nitzavim by Rabbi Heidi Hoover (AJR ’11) Week after week we wrestle with the Torah, often trying to figure out where the women are, how to deal with this God who seems often punishing and violent, … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Ki Tavo 5778

August 30, 2018 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Dvarim

A D’var Torah for Parashat Ki Tavo by Rabbi Bruce Alpert (’11) One of the sublime joys of studying at AJR is experiencing tefillah in its community – especially at Retreat. Being in a room with 70 or 80 people, each … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Ki Teitzei 5778

August 23, 2018 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Dvarim

Restoring What Has Been Lost A D’var Torah for Parashat Ki Teitzei by Rabbi Rena Kieval (’06) When life gets busy, with many distractions, I have a tendency to misplace objects: my keys, my cell phone, or a piece of mail … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Shoftim

August 15, 2018 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Dvarim

Our Lips as Gates of Justice A D’var Torah for Parashat Shoftim by Rabbi Irwin Huberman ’10   I’ve often wondered why the Torah devotes so much effort towards commanding the Jewish people to establish judges and officers within its communal … Continue reading »