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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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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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