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Friday, 12 August 2011 18:18

righteousness in listening

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-listenThis week’s parasha is a source for many liturgical texts within the Jewish tradition such as Ve’ahavta (Deuteronomy 6:5–9), Ki HaShem Hu HaEloqim (Deuteronomy 4:39) from the Alenu, and Vezot HaTorah (Deuteronomy 4:44) from the Torah service, with the most obvious being the great, prayerful/theological/liturgical declaration, Shema Yisra’el, HaShem Eloqenu, HaShem Echad “Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord alone” (Deuteronomy 6:4). Just as the Shema is central to the liturgical tradition of the Jewish people, the root form of this word, shin-mem-ayin, is particularly relevant and recurrent in the text of this week’s parasha.

Sunday, 15 May 2011 06:45

two sides of righteousness

Written by rabbi paul saal

art-scale2Often when we speak of the righteousness of God we conjure up images of perfection. After all, God directed Moses, “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for holy am I, Hashem your God” (Vayikra 19:2). Unfortunately our efforts often fall short of God’s highest standards and can leave us feeling inadequate.

Saturday, 13 November 2010 00:11

pursuit of justice

Written by rabbi russ resnik

art-crown-of-patienceJustice, justice shall you pursue, that you may live and possess the land the Lord, your God, is giving you.  — Deut. 16:20

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