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Confronting Contradictions

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Drash on Parashat Devarim: Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22 Rabbi Em Mueller, Sim Shalom On-line Synagogue August 2016 Two interesting things happen this week: We mourn the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem in 580 BCE and 70 CE, among our many other calamities; and we begin the Book of Deuteronomy. What do these two occurrences, which most often are...

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Spies and Lies and Politics

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Words of Torah Sh’lach l’cha: Numbers 13:1-16:41 Rabbi Em Mueller Sim Shalom On-line Synagogue June 28, 2016 In this Torah portion, scouts go into the land that God promised to our ancestors. The Israelites have been at Mount Sinai; they’ve wandered through the wilderness; they’ve committed offenses and suffered plague and drought and overabundance....

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Torah and Senators and the NRA

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Dvar on Parashat B’Ha’alotecha: Numbers 8:1-12:16 Rabbi Em Mueller Sim Shalom Synagogue June 2016 This week we read that God elevates the Levites, who will perform the service for the Israelites in the Tent of Meeting, and will make expiation for the Israelites “so that no plague may afflict the Israelites for coming too near the sanctuary.” (8:19) As I...

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Speaking to the Massacre in Orlando

Posted by on Jun 17, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Dvar on Parashat Nasso: Numbers 4:21-7:89 Rabbi Em Mueller June 2016 This Torah portion contains two parts that speak loudly to these days following the massacre in Orlando. First, the Nazarite’s vow. We are told that it is okay to retreat from the world, to live in isolation, but only for a limited period of time. Torah is very clear that one cannot live...

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Do Numbers Really Count?

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Blog | 2 comments

Drash on Parshat BaMidbar – Numbers 1:1-4:20 Rabbi Em Mueller June 2016 The whole of the book of Numbers – BaMidbar – begins with God’s command to take a census of the Israelites. (1:2). Rabbi Joseph A. Skloot, in his commentary at reformjudaism.org, points out the dehumanizing aspect of numbers: we are known by our social security...

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