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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Ekev 2016

Ekev: Bless what Comes and Bless what Goes

This week’s reading, Ekev, is a continuation of Moses’ final orations. The portion includes promises, rebukes, reminders and a review of significant events. It also includes the following instruction: When you have eaten and have been be satisfied, bless… (Deuteronomy 8:10) A few verses later, Moses explains the importance of expressing gratitude once our desires have […]

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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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