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December


Vaera : The Wisdom Of The Line And The Circle

Keywords: bank, brit milah, Canaan, car, change, chicken, Christmas, David, dinner, freedom, interest, Jacob, kosher, milk, Nebuchadnezzar, new, New Year, old, pagan, parve, polygamy, Rabbenu Gershom, Rhine river, Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat, slavery, Solomon, time, wishes, wives

Shemot : Boycotts, Israel, and Aftermath

Keywords: Aftermath, AIPAC, American Studies Association, anti-Semitism, Austria, boycott, Brandeis University, Clarence Darrow, Dina Kadisha Aspen, distinctions, evolution, Fred Lawrence, Fredric March, history, Inherit The Wind, Iran, Japan, Matthew Harrison Brady, movies, Penn State Harrisburg, Poland, Poles, tevah, The Revival Of Jewish Poland, totalizing, William Jennings Bryan, Yann Gross

November


Vayeshev : Israel and Iran: Hanukkah and Purim

Keywords: 1948, cable, dangerous, Esther, FaceBook, fast, France, Hanukkah, Iran, Israel, Maccabees, news, North Korea, opinion, politics, power, powerless, Purim, slavery, social media, speak, talk show, threat, United States,word fast

Vayishlach: Why Keep Kosher?

Keywords: animals, archaeological, death, eat, entitlement, every day, fish, food, fork, gratitude, health, hybrids, hypocrite, imperfect, Jacob, kashrut, King Henry II, knife, kosher, limp, meal, meat, Philistine, pig bones, principle, restaurant, shrimp, slaughter, spirit, sausage, talk, Thomas Becket, waffles

Vayetzei : Achieving Multiple Personalities

Keywords: back, Borges, definitions, Dickens, Dostoyevsky, dream, highest self, instincts, Jacob, Leah, Lorenz, many, many selves, me, multiple selves, myself, Naruda, poems, Quartet, Rachael, Somerset Maugham, twin, Whitman

October


Vayera: Mitzvot Thai Style

Keywords: Abraham, AJWS, American Jewish World Service, Angela Maddahi, Bangkok, beauty, Buddha, Buddhism, Burma, Cambodia, challah, charity, child slavery, city, dreams, Facebook, Ghana, graciousness, Hong Kong, human rights, Joseph, land rights, literacy, Liberia, Muslim, NGO, Nigeria, poor, poverty, Ruth Messinger, Sodom, statues, Sudan, Thailand, travel, Twitter, village, war widows, wealth

Noach: Majesty and Humility

Keywords: abjection, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Adam, ashes, Avrum Burg, brain, darkness, death, Dr. Neil Martin, dust, ego, Eliezer Slomovic, fire, frame, German, hubris, humiliation, humility, image, limits, majesty, Mark Twain, memory, Moses, neurosurgery, Noah, once again, polarity, Rabbinical school, Tower Of Babel, UCLA

September


Bereshit: From the Garden of Eden to the Land of Israel

Keywords: Anton Chekhov, beast, beginning, Beverly, birth, Bloomingdale's, city, Coldwater, death, dream, Eden, editors, end, ending, flowers, GPS, gun, ideas, Israel, kings, mall, map, Nordstrom, nothing, orange, outline, perfect, person, prejudice, prohibition, steady-state, stories, story, study, tapeworms, tree, unformed, vanity

Yom Kippur : Return to Life

Keywords: ape, Baal Shem Tov, bars, cage, captive, change, Chasidism, children, cold, crystal geyser, destiny, electric blanket, garbage man, girlfriend, Hatufim, Hayim Bialik, Henry David Thoreau, Homeland, Jericho, Joshua, Louis Zamperini, Maggid of Mezritch, magic, naive, parents, piano, pizza, POWs, raft, room, sanitation, shofar, Virginia Wolf, Vladimir Nabokov, Walden, walls

Kol Nidre : Closeness and Distance

Keywords: Anne Lamott, Arthur Schopenhauer, Barbara Myerhoff, bird by bird, closeness, community, controversy, distance, facebook, firing squad, Freud, give, Hillel, Isaac Leib Peretz, Jan Zakowski, joke, korban, Litvak, love, money, Number Our Days, phones, porcupines, poverty, power, repentance, return, sacrifice, so much, Thailand, t'shuvah, twitter, Yom Kippur War

First Day of Rosh Hashanah : Jewish Love

Keywords: Ahavat Yisrael, angel, anti-Sematism, Ba'al, Christian, covenant, destiny, Elijah, Europe, Golden Calf, Gwyneth Paltrow, history, Jezebel, Jonathan Saxe, Joseph Epstein, Joseph Telushkin, Louvre, Maurice Samuel, megachurch, Michelle Garfinkel, Moses, museum, Paris, persecution, Rick Warren, Ron Wolfson, sabbatocal, security, Soviet Union, Versailles

Erev Rosh Hashanah : Pushing the Limits

Keywords: alcoholic, awareness, Boaz, boys, catastrophes, choice, choices, courage, Eliyahu Dessler, Esther, Esther, faith, girl, illness, Job, loss, Michtav me-Eliyahu, moral, Mordechai, Moses, Moshe, mother, Musar literature, narrow, narrowness, nikud taba hirah, passion, point of choice, repentance, rote, Ruth, Sherwood Anderson, sin, trust

August


Nitzavim-Vayeilech : Moses’ Management Plan

Keywords: Aaron, Acadian, AJU, Ancient Greek, budget, corrections, death, God's Love, Good To Great, Jim Collins, King Saul, leader, manage, management, Midian, Moses, people, rabbi, Samson, Saul Lieberman, secrets, spies, Tablet magazine

Ki Tavo: Should I Study Or Get A Job?

Keywords: Berlitz, Camelot, car, comfortable, education, exercise, FaceBook, Game Of Thrones, Harry Potter, Herbrew, Italian, job, joke, King Arthur, learn, learning, make a living, Merlin, Rabbi Ishmael, Rabbi Simeon bar Yochai, social media, study, Terence Hanbury White, The Once And Future King, tweet, twitter, work

Ki Teitzei: Amalek,Then and Now

Keywords: AIPAC, Amalekm, anti-Semites, anti-Semitism, Arab, authority, Balfour Declaration, Charles Krauthammer, Egypt, Einstein, internet, Iran, iron wall, Jordan, Joseph Lieberman, Leon Wieseltier, Levi Yitzchok Berditchev, Michael Oren, military, nuclear bomb, rejection, sitting, Vladimir Jabotinsky, Washington, Yossi Klein Halevi

Shoftim: Are You Ready?

Keywords: apples, confession, cringe, dean, Elul, failed, graduate, hearts, holidays, honey, Kotzker Rebbe, Musar movement, pain, pray, preparation, prepare, Psalm 27, Rabbi Andrea Weiss, Rabbi Israel Salanter, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, ready, Rosh Hashanah, secret, shofar, silent, silent scream, sorrow, Yom Kippur

Re’eh : Conservative Judaism: God

Keywords: Abraham Joshua Heschel, action, AJU, aleph, amazement, community, dialog, encounter, existentialist, expression, Franz Rosenzweig, God, habit, Isaiah, language, Martin Buber, Matrix, Milton Steinberg, moment, Mordecai Kaplan, movies, philosophy, sacred, soul, special effects, tefillin, wonder

July


Eikev : Conservative Judaism: The Torah

Keywords: Akiva, angels, Aramaic, astrology, Canaanite, Christian, conservative, controversy, dialog, dignity, dinosaurs, Egypt, faith, Farber, fear, history, humility, Isaiah, justice, ketubah, kippah, Korach, language, Louis Finkelstein, love, Maimonides, mercy, Micha, orthodox, Rabbeinu Gershom, Rashi, revelation, rules, scholarship, Shakespeare, slaves, stoning, tablets, takkanah, task, women

Devarim : The Meaning Of Memory

Keywords: blessing, change, fasting, history, In Search Of Lost Time, loss, love, Marcel Proust, memory, Mishna, mourning, pain, past, remember, Remembrance Of Things Past, restoration, Talmud, teacher, Temple, Terence Kilmartin, Tisha B'Av, tragedy, weeping

June


The Boys and Girls of Summer

Keywords: Asahel, Avner, baseball, bodiless, body, Boys Of Summer, Essau, Hillel, unting, integrity, jumping, learn, Leon Pinsker, Maccabiah, Mark Spitz, mind, Nat Holman, Olympics, physicality, Pinchas, resurrection, running, Sandy Koufax, Sid Luckman, spear, sports, study, tennis, Yechezkel Landau

Korach: A Rose Within the Thorns

Keywords: Erez, bravery, Carol Way, closure, comfort, courage, curveball, curvy, dinner, Golden Calf, goodbye, grandparents, hide-and-seek, home, house, jagged, Korach, memories, Moses, oak, rose, spies, storm, Syracuse, tears, thistles, thornbush, thorns, tree

Sh’lach: Sins of Weakness and Sins of Strength

Keywords: adulterym, Bathsheba, blind, blindfold, bully, crimes, David, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Doeg, fearful, giants, grasshoppers, justice, Kalev, Korach, moral, Moses, Natan Sharansky, Saul, sin, spies, strength, tyrant, weakness, Yehoshua

May


Beha’alotcha: The Torah We Never Learned

Keywords: Bathsheba, blessed, blessedness, book, David, Goliath, grateful, gratitude, Hyde Park, jail, Joshua, Kings, Korach, leadership, London, mashiach, Memorial Day, messiah, Moses, pacifist, Proverbs, sabbatical, Samson, Samuel, soapbox, tanach

Nasso: The Green Eyed Monster

Keywords: adulteress, alter, blessing, curse, dirt, drink, elevator, green-eyed monster, guilty, hair, humiliation, husband, jealousy, offering, oil, pagan, peace, priest, proof, sacrifice, Shakespeare, sotah, surface, suspicion, tabernacle, trust, water, wife, witnesses

April


Tazria-Metzora: Having it All
Drash: Note: there is no study source (drash) for this weekend, because it was the Sisterhood Shabbaton

Keywords: couch, family, happiness, have it all, home, Lamentations, Lean In, mother, profession, Rabbi Abahu, Rabbi Rachel Ain, Rabbi Yochanan, Sheryl Sandberg, successful, warm water, wife

Schmini: What Makes Something Kosher?

Keywords: Aaron, Abihu, bugs, carful, corrupt, creepy-crawlies, detail, determination, Doheney Kosher Butcher, grudge, judgement, kashrut, kosher, meticulous, Nadab, pig, proud, Rabbi Isaac Luria, Rabbi Samuel Dresner, sacrifice, self-discipline, swine

March


Tzav: Pull Back, Move Forward

Keywords: advice, chametz, choice, competence, contraction, control, co-worker, Dr. Leonard Felder, Egypt, free, freedom, grudge, invisible, mashehu, Moses, Passover, pesach, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, slavery, suggestions, tzimtzum, withdrawal

Vayakhel-Pekudei: All My Jewish Ladies

Keywords: 1913, Anne Frank, Anne Landers, Annie, APAIC, Betty Fridan, bubbie, daughter, Emma Lazarus, Golda Mayer, hair, Jewish American Princess, Jewish ladies, Jewish women, jokes, mother, nails, Ruth Bater Ginsberg, sister, suffrage, Yael Arad, yenta

February


Yitro : Standing Again at Sinai

Keywords: Aleph, apodictic, arguing, casuistic, change, changing, covenant, defiance, hiding, inquiry, Isaiah, Judith Plaskow, laws, once, silence, silences, Sinai, Stephen Sondheim, talking, tribal, Vladimir Nabokov, why, women

January


Beshalach : Tu B’Shvat and the Tree of Life

Keywords: aloneness, , ab, book, butter bread, buxar, carob, David Ben-Gurion, arden, Hayim Nahman Bialik , indoors, intellectual, Leon Pinsker, natural, natural world, nature, outside, poets, Psalms, school room, Spain, study hall, tree, tree, Tu Bishvat, Wine, Women, And Death, Zionism, Zionist

Bo : Plagues, Ancient and Modern

Keywords: achievement, ambition, America, Barry Bonds, Benjamin Franklin, Bush, cheating, children, ego, Egyptians, finance, guns, humility, individualism, justice, Kennedy, L.A. Times, Lance Armstrong, lawsuit, lie, mercy, music, Oprah Winfrey, plague, plagues, ruthless, schools, ociety, sports, touchdown, Tour de France

Vaera : Exodus and Revolution

Keywords: candle, civil rights, dissatisfaction, Egypt, Exodus And Revolution, fight, freedom, history, hospital, Martin Luther King, Jr., Michael Walzer, NAACP, operations, Rabbi Harold Schulweis, Rabbi Yisroel Salanter, revolution, revolve, slavery, struggle, unhappiness, war

Shemot : Why Did the Egyptians Hate the Jews?

Keywords: alarm clock, anti-Semitism, Brooklyn, Charleston, communication, conscience, Deborah Tannen, distrust, Egyptians, Exodus, genocide, hatred, Israelites, Joseph, judgment, Maurice Samuel, Pharaoh, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, Shakespeare, slavery, suspicion, Winter break