The Aqeda Revisited

By Rabbi Jordie Gerson The Binding of Isaac, The Unbinding of Abraham, and Sarah’s Choice Tomorrow morning, we will read the Aqeda, the binding of Isaac, a story that has, for years, disturbed me. As a teenager, the story of Abraham attempting to sacrifice his son seemed to confirm what...

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Drash for Parshat Re’eh

August 22, 2014 Look, Listen, Return…and then Choose This upcoming Tuesday night, we enter the holiest period of the Jewish year; the month of Elul. Elul, the Hebrew month that precedes the high holy days is the last month of the Jewish year and is a time of intense reflection,...

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Drash for Shabbat Nachamu

By Rabbi Jordie Gerson August 8, 2014 This past Tuesday, we observed the holiday – or rather, the fast day, of Tisha B’Av, which commemorates every major tragedy in Jewish history. And it’s customary to end the week containing tisha b’av with the reading of the Haftorah portion from the...

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