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Ki Teitzei: Statute of Limitations

Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Statute of Limitations

Ki Teitzei: Statute of Limitations

In this week’s reading, Moshe continues his final teachings to the Children of Israel.  Ki Teitzei includes more than 70 mitzvot/religious obligations, including instructions for future relationships with recent enemies. Here I want to focus specifically on Moshe’s counsel regarding the Egyptians. As you may recall, Egypt played an important role not just in Exodus, but also in […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Keeping it Simple

Shoftim: Keeping it Simple

The Jewish world has entered the month of Elul, a traditional period of soul searching and introspection in preparation for the upcoming holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. So it will come as no surprise that the verse I’ve chosen for this week’s commentary reflects my heightened contemplative awareness. Embedded in the midst of a reading that […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Re'eh

Re’eh: Seeing the Sacred

This week’s Torah portion takes its name from the first word, re’eh/see. It is also an apt description of its content. Here, on the cusp of entering the Promised Land, the Children of Israel are given instructions for manifesting the sacred vision with which they have been entrusted. The Israelites are shown that the future can hold either […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Ekev

Ekev: Empathy

In this week’s reading Moshe continues his final address to the Children of Israel. He reminds them of the connection between the mitzvot/religious obligations and the wellbeing of the community, and reiterates some of the most important teachings, including: Love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. (Deuteronomy 10:19) Note that this verse doesn’t tell […]

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