February 22, 2020

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parshat Ekev with Rabbi Rory Katz

Rory Katz is the brand new rabbi of Congregation Chevrei Tzedek of Baltimore. She received her ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary this past May, where she also completed two 400-hour units of training in Clinical Pastoral Care. Prior to becoming a rabbi, she worked as a case manager in a Head Start preschool program on the South Side of Chicago, as a volunteer coordinator in North Philadelphia. She is excited to be building a new home for herself in Baltimore, so feel free to contact her with your favorite spots in the city!
In this Week’s Torah Portion – Parashat Ekev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25) – Moses continues his address to the people of Israel, promising them that they will prosper in the land of Israel if they obey God’s commandments. He reminds them of their sins, but stresses God’s forgiveness. Moses describes the land of Israel to the people, demands that they destroy the idols of its former dwellers, and warns them of thinking that their power and might, rather than the lord, have gotten them their wealth. Our discussion focuses on the concept of punishment and reward, on the importance of destroying idols and on the Land’s richness.
Previous Torah Talks on Ekev