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Weekly Torah Talk:

What's Missing

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

Whenever we carry the Torah around the sanctuary during a hakafah we sing Al Shloshah Devarim, the passage from Pirkei Avot in the Mishnah: on three things the world stands.  On Torah, on work, and on acts of kindness.  Torah is listed first, making it the most important part of our tradition. 

And you may be familiar with the great Labor Zionist Achad Ha’Am’s related concept that Judaism is made up of three great elements: God, Torah, and Israel.  Torah, here, is at the very center of it all.

So what are we to make of a central Jewish text that completely omits Torah?

This week we read the portion of Ki Tavo in Deuteronomy, which begins with an unusual declaration: when we come into the land that the Lord our God will give us as an inheritance we are to take the first fruits of our produce, and bring them to the priest, and say this formula: “Arami oveid avi, my father was a wandering Aramean, and he came to Egypt few in number, and became a great nation there; the Egyptians dealt harshly with us, and enslaved us; but God brought us out with a great hand and an oustretched arm… and brought us to this place, flowing with milk and honey.”  In addition to its central role in an important Biblical ritual, this passage was quoted often in rabbinic literature, most famously in the Pesach Haggadah. Read More.


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It is All Us: 9/11 Fifteen Years Later 

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon
September 9, 2016

It’s the 15th anniversary of 9/11 this coming Sunday, a decade and a half since the horrific events that traumatically changed our world in so many ways.  For over a decade I chaired the 9/11 commemorations here in Tucson, and usually our own Temple Emanu-El hosted the annual multi-faith service held in memory of those who died, and recognizing the first-responders and others who assisted the victims and their families.  It was an honor to do so, but to be honest we began that interfaith effort because we realized in that crisis that we had a true poverty of religious community from which to respond.  I have made many good friends and met outstanding colleagues because of those 9/11 services, but as all things seem to do, those efforts have diminished over time.  The last of those annual events here was two years ago.  It was moving and beautiful, but no longer well-attended.  People move on… 

A few observations from the perspective of 15 years. Read More.

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