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Drawing Closer to Ourselves

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Dvar | 0 comments

Drash on Parashat Nitzavim: Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20 Rabbi Em Mueller, Sim Shalom Online Synagogue September 27, 2016 “You stand this day, all of you, before Adonai your God — to enter into the covenant of God . . . I make this covenant , , , not with you alone, but both with those who are standing here with us this day before Adonai our God and with...

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Up from Enslavement: Moving Toward the Days of Awe

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Drash on Elul 3: Leaving Enslavement Rabbi Em Mueller, Sim Shalom Online Synagogue September 6, 2016. This month of Elul continues our journey up from the depths of mourning, commemorated on Tisha b’Av – the 9th day of the month of Av. Elul is even more focused on teshuvah – returning to our truest selves: When we see a newborn, we are awed by...

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Belief vs Action

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Drash on Re’eh: Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17 Rabbi Em Mueller, Sim Shalom Online Synagogue August 30, 2016 I was reminded of the Taliban or ISIS destroying those huge old stone sacred sites in Iraq, and how the world mourned their loss, when I read in this week’s parashah that, among other things, we must destroy, only in the land of Israel, the sacred sites of...

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And you shall love Adonai your God . . . Who???

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Drash on Parashat Ekev: Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25 Rabbi Em Mueller, Sim Shalom Online Synagogue August 23, 2016 This week’s Torah portion encompasses promises both good and bad: “And if you do obey these rules and observe them carefully, God will maintain faithfully for you the covenant that God made on oath with your fathers. God will favor you and bless you...

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Where is Truth?

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Dvar on Va’etchanan – Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11 Rabbi Em Mueller, Sim Shalom Online Synagogue August 16, 2016 This week’s Torah portion once again gives us the 10 commandments, beginning with “You shall have no other gods beside Me!” Rabbi Reuven Firestone writes that this injunction to be monotheistic occurs at a time and place where peoples were...

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