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The 13 Middot: God Is Ethical and So Are We

The Torah reading for Chol HaMo-eid Pesach includes the 13 Attributes of God. The Eternal One passes before Moses and proclaims (according to the prayer book version of the passage): “Adonai, Adonai, a God compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in kindness and faithfulness, extending kindness to the thousandth generation, forgiving iniquity, transgression and sin, and granting pardon” (Mishkan T’filah, [NY: CCAR, 2007], p. 496). Here, God self-describes as an ethical being.

 

 

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Fighting Injustice in the World and Worshiping the God of Israel
Davar Acher By: 
Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman

Rabbi Sussman’s discussion of Hermann Cohen raises our awareness of the tension between the national and the humanist, between the specific God of Israel and the universal God of ethics. This tension is one that has animated my own Jewish learning: What did it mean to want to serve the good of humanity and the planet, yet pray to God in language that was specifically Jewish? How could I be widely inclusive and yet also protect the inherent integrity of tradition?

We All Will Die, But We Must Be Grateful

Sukkot is known in Rabbinic tradition as the "Festival of Our Joy" (Z'man Simchateinu, a name that derives from Leviticus 23:40: "You shall rejoice before the Eternal your God seven days"). Sukkot is the only festival for which the command to rejoice is given. It is a commandment — a mitzvah: us'mach'tem — "be happy!" 

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The Sukkah and the Fragility of Peace
Davar Acher By: 
Neal Katz

Sukkot reminds me of the beautiful text of the Haskiveinu prayer in which we praise God for watching over us as we lie down for the evening. We also praise God for spreading over us a sukkah, or shelter, of peace. We close that prayer by blessing God, haporeis sukkat shalom aleinu, "whose shelter of peace is spread over us."

So, What’s the Point? Ecclesiastes and Chol HaMo-eid Sukkot

Chances are that many of us are familiar only with the section of Ecclesiastes that begins "To everything there is a season," only because we've heard it at a funeral or – thanks to the late

D'var Torah By: 
Finding a Hopeful Message in Kohelet
Davar Acher By: 
Brian I. Michelson

It is all useless, Kohelet said, it is all useless. Everything is useless. (Ecclesiastes 1:2)1

Sukkot: The Season of Our Joy

The Torah reading for the Shabbat of Sukkot (Exodus 33:12–34:26) includes the reconciliation between God and Moses following the Golden Calf, the inscription of the second set of the Ten Commandmen

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Translating an Invitation to Relationship
Davar Acher By: 
Ilana Schwartzman

In the Torah portion for Chol HaMo-eid Sukkot, God commands Moses to, "Lead this people forward," (Exodus 33:12) through the wilderness.

A New Look at the Seder

As someone who has spent over forty years as a Jewish educator, I have always been fascinated by the Pesach seder.

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Redemption: Reflections on the Second Night of Pesach
Davar Acher By: 
Ron Symons

I used to love having two s'darim.

Is Seeing the Same as Believing?

For most of our congregations, the procession of Torah scrolls on Simchat Torah will begin with a textual reminder that Israel "knows" that Adonai is God.

By: 
Mark L. Shook
In the Cleft of the Rock
Davar Acher By: 
Kay Greenwald

In Ki Tisa, the Torah reading for this Chol HaMo-eid Sukkot, Moses said to Adonai, "Oh, let me behold Your Presence!" And God answered, "I will make all My Goodness pass

To Everything There Is a Season: Turn, Turn, Turn to Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) this Sukkot

One of the privileges and responsibilities that I have as a congregational professional is serving on the faculty of the Union for Reform Judaism'

D'var Torah By: 
Finding Your Own “Happiness Project”
Davar Acher By: 
Melissa B. Simon

I've been slowly working my way through The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

Lost Stories

"They set out from Rithmah and encamped at Rimmon-perez." (Num.

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Mas'-ei, Numbers 33:1-36:13
The Torah: A Modern Commentary, pp. 1,222-1,250; Revised Edition, pp. 1,117-1,133;

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