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Which Came First?

To the age-old question, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” our Talmud offers an answer on page 26a of tractate Rosh Hashanah. Now which came first, the Written Torah or the Oral Torah? This week’s Torah portion, Re’eh, offers some guidance.

New Open Gym Times for High School Basketball

There will be basketball open gym for all boys on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:00 am-7:45 am and for girls on Wednesday and Fridays from 7:00 am-7:45 am. Click on the headline for more updates.

Subtle But True

Subtle But True

An important philosophical debate with practical implications for daily prayer arises from a verse in this week’s Torah portion, Eikev. This debate is recorded in the tractate of Talmud, Yoma, 69b (the tractate is named for Yom Kippur, “The Day.”) In this debate we find none other than the prophets Jeremiah and Daniel arguing with the other rabbis of the “Great Assembly.” This distinct title was given to that Sanhedrin (Supreme Court) of 120 prophets and scholars on high that included Mordecai, Ezra, and Nechemiah. Their debate centered on whether or not to include two words in the daily prayer. What were the words and why the debate?