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Seeking the Good - Weekly Thoughts of Rabbi Mordecai Finley - THE PHILOSOPHY OF HEBREW SCRIPTURE

We are wrapping up our time in Israel, and will return next week. This week, our synagogue member Curt Biren, who has a deep interest in Jewish political philosophy, will be teaching at the morning study session on the rabbinic idea of "Tikkun Olam" beyond its current use as a term for Jewish social justice. Synagogue member Sheri Manning, our own in house expert on the work of Avivah Zornberg (the greatest Torah teacher of our generation in my mind), will be leading the Torah study. Please come and enjoy their studies!


Reflections on the Weekly Torah Portion - Ekev - Revering, Walking, Loving, Serving - (edited from 2015)

This week's Torah potion, Ekev, has a section that I encourage those who study with me to memorize. It expresses succinctly the world-view of the book of Deuteronomy and much of the Bible.

12 And now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God demand of you? Only this: to revere the Lord your God, to walk only in His paths, to love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and soul . . . for your good (Deuteronomy 10:12 and following)

Memorize these verbs: revere, walk, love and serve, and I believe, in thi...

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