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Lost and Found (Nitzavim/Rosh Hashana)

Preview: What do the wayward city (עיר הנדחת), the accidental murderer (רוצח בשוגג), the return of lost objects (השבת אבדה), and the ingathering of exiles (קבוץ גלויות) all have in common? About ten things, actually—including the theme of “going astray” (נדח); “losing and finding” (אבד/מצא); “seeking” or “searching” (מבקש/דרש); “closeness,” “distance,” and the “edge of the hearth/heavens” (קרב/רחק/קצה הארץ והשמים); and “returning” (שוב). More on the remarkable relationship between these passages in the following quick write up…

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The City Builder (Bereshit)

Preview: Kayin was doomed to nomadic exile – so his son, Chanoch, became the first city-builder. Plus, how this story connects to the Torah’s law of military exemption.

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The Rock Song (Yom Kippur/Haazinu)

Preview: The song Moshe leads on the last day of his life, all about “water” and “rocks,” seems to bring us back to an episode from earlier in his life where “rocks” and “water” took center stage…

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The Semantics of Sin (Aharei Mot)

Preview: What do the Torah’s words for sin – ז.נ.ה, פ.ש.ע, ח.ט.א, ע.ו.ן – all have in common?

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The Problem of Repentance (Yom Kippur)

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