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Shabbat Zakhor: Enemies Without and Within

This text study by Rabbi Toba Spitzer examines the commandment to "wipe out the memory of Amalek...do not forget!" But is Amalek an external enemy — or something inside us?

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Yad pointer resting on very old Torah scroll
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Shofar surrounded by hand-drawn pomegranates and apples

Purim and Parashat Tetzaveh

A D'var Torah for Tetzaveh

How do extract meaning from ancient traditions concerning the priesthood? Eric Mendelsohn suggests some possibilities. 

D'var Torah

The Dress of the High Priest

Just weeks after the dramatic exodus from Egypt, we find ourselves reading about the High Priest's luxurious garments: the ultimate power suit?

D'var Torah

Why Moses Did Not Become A Priest

The separation of powers between Moses and Aaron suggests a new level of trust in Biblical brotherly relationships.

D'var Torah

The Ner Tamid – What is this light?

Rabbi Toba Spitzer explores texts related to the Eternal Light and its symbolism.

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Remembering and "Blotting Out" Amalek

The Torah commands us to “wipe out the memory of Amalek…do not forget!” (Deut. 25) But is Amalek an external enemy—or something inside us?

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Remembering Amalek

The Torah commands us to “wipe out the memory of Amalek…do not forget!” (Deut. 25) What exactly does “Amalek” represent, and what might it mean to remember (or blot out) that memory? 

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On Holding High Jewish Office: Do Clothes Make the Man?

How does outward appearance convey authority? In this D'var Torah on parashat Tetzaveh, Rabbi Jeffrey Schein examine the high priests' garb, and reflects on its metaphorical extension to new areas of authority over the generations. 

D'var Torah