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Bereshit: Beginning, Again

Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Bereshit 2016

Bereshit: Beginning, Again

This week, we begin our third cycle through the Torah. Once again, we come to Bereshit, the first reading of the first book of the Torah. Although the reading is the same, we are not, and that is part of the magic of re-engaging the same text on a regular basis. The book is known in […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Ha'azinu 2016

Ha’azinu: The Gift of Forgetfulness

This week’s reading, Ha’azinu (Give Ear), begins with a long poem known as the Song of Moses. It is in the midst of the Song that we find this verse: You forgot the Rock that birthed you…(Deuteronomy 32:18) Moses is chastising the Israelites for abandoning the God who, by liberating and guiding them, created a nation. […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Vayelekh

Vayelekh: Where did Moses Go?

This week’s Torah reading (Vayelekh) opens with the following verse: And Moses went and he spoke these words to all of Israel. (Deuteronomy 31:1) The text goes on to report the details of the last day of his life. Moses transfers leadership to Joshua, his second-in-command, finalizes a written version of Torah, instructs the people to gather annually […]

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