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Ki Tavo (When You Will Come) – Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8
On: Sep 1, 2020
By: Kim Troup

There is a common joke among Jews that summarizes all of our Jewish holidays in one sentence: They tried to kill us, G-d saved us, let’s eat. It doesn’t quite apply to every holiday, but certainly Passover, Purim and Hanukkah fit the bill. And the statement certainly tells us a great deal about Jewish culture.

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Re’eh (Behold) – Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17
On: Aug 13, 2020
By: Kim Troup

We are often witness to the fact that the nations of the world hold the Jewish people and the State of Israel to a higher standard. Frankly, in most cases, those nations are not really interested in placing Israel on a higher pedestal, but creating a basis for criticism against Israel.

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ACHAREI – MOT ( After the Death) Leviticus 16:1 – 18:30
On: Apr 25, 2018
By: Elyshia Johnson

Acharei – Mot Leviticus 16:1 – 18:30 We can influence our secular neighbors to embrace the Biblical values that have held our nation together for centuries. Chapter 18 of Leviticus is seemingly a list of dos and don’ts, not unlike many of the rules of purity and impurity listed throughout Leviticus. But at closer examination, […]

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Shabbat Shalom: Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Leviticus 16
On: Sep 22, 2017
By: Kim Troup

The Day of Atonement is, indeed, the holiest day of the year. The most important element of the holiday, however, is the atonement connected with it. “You shall be clean before the Lord from all your sins.” And again at the end of the section: “And this shall be a statute forever for you, that atonement may be made for the people of Israel once in the year because of all their sins.” (verse 34)

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Matot (Tribes) Numbers 30:2 – 32:42
On: Jul 13, 2017
By: Elyshia Johnson

Moses then reminds them of the sin of the spies who had returned from the Land of Israel and spoke ill of the land, causing the people to doubt the success of their imminent entry. God’s response, of course, was to punish the people and delay the entry for an additional 38 years. Moses fears that if Reuben and Gad remain in the land east of the Jordan, the rest of the people will refuse to enter. After years of experience with the Children of Israel, Moses is quite aware that the littlest provocation can instill fear and lack of faith in the people.

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