Ki Tetze

Ki Tetze 5773 – Don’t crap where you eat

August 16, 2013
Ki Tetze 5773 – Don’t crap where you eat

 “And you shall have a spade among your weapons; and it shall be, when you will ease yourself outside, you shall dig with it, and shall turn back and cover your excrement; For the Lord your God walks in the midst of your camp, to save you, and to give your enemies before...
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Ki Tetze 5772 – You shall not abhor the Edomite

September 2, 2012

Recent weeks have seen too many acts of hatred by Jews in Israel perpetrated against Palestinians: A Palestinian shepherd from the south Hebron hills was wounded in an attack by Israeli settlers Monday evening (August 27), Palestinian and Israeli military sources said. According to Palestinian medics and witnesses, Ismail Adara, a 65-year-old sheep shepherd...
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Ki Tetze 5771 — Giving others the benefit of the doubt

September 6, 2011
Ki Tetze 5771 — Giving others the benefit of the doubt

“You must have full and just weights and full and just measures if you are to endure long on the soil that the Lord your God is giving you.” (Deut. 25.15) Dominique Strauss-Kahn is back home in France.  The former head of the International Monetary Fund and one-time Jewish French Presidential hopeful has returned...
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Shabbat Zachor 5771: Can we forget Amalek?

March 18, 2011

”Remember what Amalek did to you by the way, when you came forth out of Egypt; How he met you by the way, and struck at your rear, all who were feeble behind you, when you were faint and weary; and he did not fear God. Therefore it shall be, when the Lord your God...
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Ki Tetze 5769 — Tradition and Change in Delhi

August 29, 2009
Ki Tetze 5769 — Tradition and Change in Delhi

**This D’var Torah was presented at the Judah Hyam Synagogue in New Delhi, India, on August 28, 2009 If the Torah is eternal, how can our practice of Judaism legitimately change? An article on the Kulanu web site about your community mentions how not so long ago the community decided to count women for...
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Ki Tetze 5766 — Rights and Responsibilities

September 1, 2006
Ki Tetze 5766 — Rights and Responsibilities

When I was a teenager I had hair down to my shoulders and I played organ in a rock band.  I did not like rules.  I thought rules were a real drag.  I just wanted to have a good time, and I didn’t want anyone giving me rules and telling me what to do. ...
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