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August


Re’eh – The Struggle Over the Souls of Israel

Keywords: AIPAC; atheist; Basic Law; Bret Stephens; conservative; conference; Dan Bahat; Daniel Gordis; Druze; Einat Wilf; Gaza; Gush Etzion; hearts; IDF; Ireland; Israel; Jonah; Naftali Bennett; Nineveh; politics; rabbinate; reform; Robinson's Arch; Saudi Arabia; secular; settlements; Song Of Songs; soul; Tamar Appelbaum; William Butler Yeats

July


Devarim – Land, Language, and Loss

Keywords: 1881; 1886; 1889; Aramaic; Buddhist; Cambodia; China; communism; culture; Dalai Lama; Eliezer Ben-Yehuda; English; exile; Ezekiel; Greek; Hanoi; Hebrew; Ho Chi Minh; India; land; language; Laos; Lewis Glinert; Myanmar; monks; Morocco; Rolls Royce; scripture; Septuagint; Talmud; Targum; temple; Theodor Hertzel; Thailand; Tibet; Tisha B'Av; Toledo; Vietnam; Yiddish; Zionist

Matot-Masei – Individualism and Community Throughout the World

Keywords: affirmation; aspiration; California; city; country; Dalai Lama; Dharamsala; food; group; grudges; hatred; India; individual; journeys; lie; love; memory; opposition; pride; restaurant; spicy; Tibet; Tisha B'Av; travel; tribal; tribes

Pinchas – Tarantino, Turbulence, Travel and Torah

Keywords: Cochin; copper plates; democracy; dictator; Dorothy Gale; Farsi; goodness; grateful; Happy Cow; Hebrew; hospitality; India; kindness; Kochi; language; language; law; Medianite; monuments; Myanmar; New Delhi; oxen; peaceful; Pinchas; Quentin Tarantino; restaurant; rule of law; security; sleeping; Spain; stranger; United States; USA; Vietnam; violence

June


Balak – Seek Out The Moment

Keywords: aunt; basketball; beggar; Bernie Siegel; blind; book club; bread; cancer; charity; Charles Krauthammer; Down syndrome; faith; idol; Jerusalem; KEEN; meat; mourn; mourning; palsy; Rabbi Joshua; Roz Goldstine; shehechiyanu; tallit; taxi; Tisha b'Av; uncle; wedding; wine

Korach – Making the List: The Jewish Faith and Mental Illness

Keywords: alcoholism; bipolar; celebrity; depression; Elijah; fame; grief; Hannah; healing; hospital; Jerusalem Post; Jessica Evans; Jezebel; loneliness; mental illness; money; Nachman of Breslov; ritual; shame; sleep; stigma; success; suffering; surgery

Sh’lach – 7 Lessons From 7 Years

Keywords: change; cheerleader; community; conversation; convert; creation; different; Elijah; Farsi; feelings; hearing; J Street; lesson; Maimonides; marriage; men; Mort Klein; quiet; rules; school; standards; Swedish; tower; tradition; Wolpe; women; Yiddish; “you do you”

May


Nasso – The Physical And The Spiritual: Can They Meet?

Keywords: Afghanistan; Air Force; America; Coast Guard; Daniel Agami; fast; Florida; freedom; hair; Iraq; Marc Gellman; meditation; Memorial Day; Nathan Bruckenthal; nazir; prayer; physical; retreats; Rosaline Schultz; soldiers; Solomon; spiritual; summer vacation; survey; swimming pool; wine

Emor – Today or Tomorrow?

Keywords: Abraham Joshua Heschel; Beau Biden; count; countdown; doctors; Edible Arrangements; e-mail; fruit basket; Greece; IsraAID; Joe Biden; Lesbos; melava malka; Mother's Day; omer; Passover; Promise Me, Dad; refugee; shabbot; shavuot; shiva; Syria; Yotam Polizer

April


Tazria-Metzora – All of Eternity and Not Enough Time

Keywords: antibiotics; Bar Mitzvah; cult; dermatologist; disease; doctors; Egypt; eternity; family; Hallelujah; help; impure; last war; leprosy; lesson; Lily Small; military school; pray; priests; relationship; religion; science; shiva; skin; slaves; sore; time; Time In A Bottle; timelessness

Shmini – 70 Years, 70 Faces of Israel

Keywords: 70; army; basketball; Belarus; Chaim Weizmann; commemorate; David Ben-Gurion; faces; IDF; interpretations; Israel; kotel; Max Bernstein; Michael Halpern; Michael Levin; millennials; Morris Katz; Odessa; Palestine; Plonsk; Racing Against History; Rick Richman; scar; seventy; Shiran Zeri; soldiers; Tal Brody; Vladimir Jabotinsky; Yom HaShoah; Yom Hazikaron

March


Tzav – The Meaning of Freedom

Keywords: Amazon; apathy; ask; boots; Camp Ramah; changes; curiosity; Dear Abby; dissatisfaction; Edgar Bronfman; Exodus; free speech; imagination; insight; learning ; liberation; Maimonides; meaningful; Ojai; question; rain; rainbow; raincoat; Seagram; Shimon Peres; singing

Vayakhel-Pekudei – If We Could Tell Them

Keywords: 1941; AIPAC; bi-partisan; Chaim Herzog; Christian; Cindy Montanez; democrat; earthquake; IDF; IsraAID; Israel; J.P. Foster; Jerusalem; Mexico City; Nazi; Poland; republican; Ryan Holloway; security; senator; SS; students; Syria

Ki Tisa – Lucky You, Lucky Them

Keywords: apples; chance; costume; ears; Esther; fate; Haman; hamentashen; Harold Kushner; honey; lots; lottery; luck; mezuzah; Mordechai; oznei Haman; plot; polio; Purim; salt; summer; superstitious; tzedakah; When Bad Things Happen To Good People

February


Zachor – The High Priests Frontlet – A Model for Holy Community

Keywords: Aaron; chair; clothes; Douglass Family; frontlet; high school; innovation lab; jeans; kindness; Kodesh L'Adonai; lunch; pendant; school; sea urchin; sing; slave; smile; songs; tabernacle

Terumah – To Lead or Not to Lead

Keywords: adventure; bush; community; courage; excuses; failure; fire; George Washington; give; honey; humility; Isaiah Berlin; job; John Quincy Adams; Jonathan Sacks; leader; milk; mistakes; nasi; Numbers; president; President's Day; prince; righteousness; risk; Ronald Regan; sanctuary; shepherd; shoes; tabernacle; take; wisdom

Yitro – Do I Need What I Want?

Keywords: Ari Sacher; bombs; books; bracelet; bullets; Catherine The Great; covet; desire; faith; Group M; Ibn Ezra; investment; knowledge; mind; Nathan Diderot; necessity; necklace; need; New York Times; peasant; Philadelphia; philosophy; pilot; princess; Rob Norman; robe; Rolling Stones; shoes; smartphone; sweatshirt; technology; thought; want; war; wedding; Zohar

January


Beshalach – Go Big or Go Home

Keywords: book; Candy Lightner; dreams; Egypt; Exodus; Gary Keller; Gavriel Iddan; greatness; J. K. Rowling; Keller Williams; Kobe Grunwald; living big; miracle; real estate; realistic; sedentary; Solomon Grunwald; Thomas Henry Huxley; What's Your One Thing; Whitney Grunwald; zohar

Shemot – Memories of My Mother

Keywords: 76ers; aphasic; basketball; Boa constrictor; boldness; boy; brave; California; cerebral hemorrhage; coffee; dusted; electric blanket; engaged; father; funeral; haircut; Hal Greer; kaddish; language; manager; Mark Gerson; mother; NYU; Pennsylvania; Philadelphia; Rebbetzin; shoes; sports; unbelievable