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  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Bo with Rabbi Joel Zeff

    By Shmuel Rosner

    5 days ago

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Joel Zeff, leader of the Knesset Israel Torah Center in Sacramento.  Rabbi Zeff holds a BA from UCLA in Hebrew Language, an MS in Jewish History from Yeshiva University, and received Rabbinic Ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Miketz with Rabbi Aaron Bergman

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 19, 2014 | 3:55 am

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Aaron Bergman, senior rabbi of the Adat Shalom congregation in Detroit, Michigan. Rabbi Bergman is a Detroit native and a graduate of the University of Michigan. He was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary and pursued additional graduate work in...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Vayishlach with Reb Mimi Feigelson

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 5, 2014 | 3:31 am

    Our guest his week is Reb Mimi Feigelson, lecturer of Rabbinic Literature and Chassidic Thought at American Jewish University's Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. Feigelson received her ordination from Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, the late Hasidic master of song, story and Torah after...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Vayetze with Rabbi Moshe Davis

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 28, 2014 | 4:11 am

    Our guest today is Rabbi Moshe Davis of the Brith Sholom Beth Israel congregation in Charleston, South Carolina. Rabbi Davis received his BA in psychology, MS in Jewish education as well as rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University. He is a co-founder of the Organization for the...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Toldot with Rabbi Robert Scheinberg

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 21, 2014 | 4:00 am

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Robert Scheinberg of the United Synagogue in Hoboken, NJ. Rabbi Scheinberg, a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary, has been the rabbi of the United Synagogue since 1997. He previously served congregations in Massachusetts and Alabama, and serves...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Vayera with Rabbi Amy Levin

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 7, 2014 | 4:57 am

    Our guest today is Rabbi Amy Levin of the Beth Shalom congregation in Pittsburgh, PA. Rabbi Levin, a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, was ordained by the Shechter Institute in Jersualem in 1997. Prior to assuming her current position at Beth Shalom, she served for ten years as...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Lech Lecha with Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 31, 2014 | 4:06 am

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Hyim Shafner of the Bais Abraham congregation in St. Louis, Missouri. Rabbi Shafner has Smicha (rabbinical ordination), a Masters degree in Social Work (MSW), and an MA in Jewish philosophy, all from Yeshiva University in New York City. Before coming to...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Noach with Rabbi Lucy Dinner

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 23, 2014 | 3:42 pm

    This week’s guest is Rabbi Lucy Dinner, the senior rabbi of Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, North Carolina. Rabbi Dinner graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with a degree in Public Policy Analysis, and she received her Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and was...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Vezot Habracha with Rabbi Brian Zimmerman

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 15, 2014 | 1:02 am

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Brian Zimmerman of the Union for Reform Judaism. Rabbi Zimmerman, a 12th-generation rabbi, was ordained by the Hebrew Union college in NY in 1993 and served as the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Am in Tampa, FL for seven years. In 2006 he was...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: The Book of Jonah with Rabbi Meir Azari

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 3, 2014 | 1:53 am

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Meir Azari, Senior Rabbi and Executive Director of the Daniel Centers in Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Rabbi Azari was appointed congregational Rabbi and Executive Director of Beit Daniel in 1991. He holds an M.A. degree in Jewish History from the Hebrew University...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Ha’azinu with Rabbi Sivan Malkin Maas

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 24, 2014 | 3:51 am

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Sivan Malkin Maas, Dean of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism. Rabbi Maas is the first Israeli rabbi ordained by the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism in 2003. In addition to serving as Dean of Tmura-IISHJ in...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelech with Rabi Marc Margolius

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 19, 2014 | 4:01 am

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Marc Margolius, the spiritual leader of New York City’s West End Synagogue. Prior to his current position, Rabbi Margolius conceived and directed for five years the Legacy Heritage Innovation Project, an initiative supporting systemic educational...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Ki Tetze with Rabbi Jennifer Krause

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 5, 2014 | 4:03 am

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Jennifer Krause, the High Holy Days rabbi at Manhattan's 92nd Street Y. Rabbi Krause received her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, MO in English Literature and Near Eastern Studies, and her Rabbinic Ordination and M.A. in Hebrew Literature...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Shoftim with Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 29, 2014 | 3:47 am

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Joshua Hammerman, rabbi of the Temple Beth El congregation in Stamford, CT. Rabbi Hammerman was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1983 after receiving a Master’s degree in journalism from N.Y.U. and a B.A. from Brown University. The leader...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Re’eh with Rabbi Efrem Goldberg

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 22, 2014 | 3:18 am

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Efrem Goldberg, the senior rabbi of the Boca Raton Synagogue in Florida. Rabbi Goldberg serves as Co-Chair of the Orthodox Rabbinical Board's Va'ad Ha'Kashrus, as Director of the Rabbinical Council of America's South Florida Regional Beis Din for...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Eikev with Rabbi Robert Dobrusin

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 15, 2014 | 3:56 am

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Robert Dobrusin of the Temple Beth Israel congregation in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Rabbi Dobrusin has served as Rabbi at Beth Israel since 1988. He received his B.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University and an M.A. and Rabbinic...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Va’etchanan with Rabbi Terry Bookman

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 8, 2014 | 9:02 am

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Terry Bookman of the Temple Beth Am congregation in Pincrest, FL. Rabbi Bookman was ordained rabbi by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 1984. He holds a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters (H.U.C.), a Master of Arts in...

  • Where Ever You Go There You Are! - Dvar Torah Parashat Mattot-Masei

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 4, 2013 | 12:56 pm

    Twenty years ago the physician and Zen Master, Jon Kabat-Zinn, wrote a book he called “Where Ever You Go There You Are.” The book’s title has stayed with me and it has helped me to focus not only on why I do what I do, but also on why others might behave as they do.

    We are who we...

  • Lies, lies, lies

    June 6, 2013 | 5:47 pm

    My daughter, a soon-to-graduate high school senior, was chosen by a teacher to participate in an event to teach the school a lesson about drunk driving. Before school one day, organizers would set up a scene with a crashed car and police tape. My daughter and the other chosen...

  • Healing the broken – Parashat Tazria-Metzora (Leviticus 12:1-15:33)

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    April 10, 2013 | 1:57 pm

    Most people try really hard to avoid having their bar or bat mitzvah on the Shabbat when we read Tazria-Metzora. I know this not only because I am a rabbi, but because this was my bat mitzvah portion. 

    Tazria is about purity and impurity, including the impurity that comes with...

  • Willing to sacrifice

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    March 21, 2013 | 4:49 am

    The mind of the midrashist drifts effortlessly over the face of the Tanakh as verses from the Torah conjure up similar verses and phrases from other sacred books. Thus, our parasha’s descriptions of the thanksgiving offerings and the free-will offerings call to mind a phrase found...

  • A divine call to action

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    March 14, 2013 | 4:39 am

    Once, on a mission to Israel, we needed a minyan for a prayer service during the airplane flight. We were a total of six men in our group, so we began to scan the plane for the remaining four for the requisite 10 men.

    As I went up and down the aisles, one fellow turned to me and...

  • Building Our Mishkan

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    March 7, 2013 | 4:14 am

    The ancient sages teach us that the Torah is exceedingly careful with language. No phrase is superfluous. Each word or letter is part of the intricate unfolding mysteries concentrated in the Torah.

    In Parshat Terumah, a few chapters ago, we read about the entire construction of...

  • God’s road rage

    February 27, 2013 | 1:54 pm

    What’s up with God? 

    One minute God’s up on Mount Sinai giving us laws and teachings to transform our people and the world, and the next, the Holy One is contemplating — no, planning, actually — to destroy the whole Israelite people and begin again with Moses as the progenitor...

  • Wearing your true self

    February 20, 2013 | 3:09 pm

    “Do not judge by the flask, but rather by what it contains” (Pirkei Avot 4:20).

    We are taught from a young age not to “judge a book by its cover” and we raise our children to look deeper than just at the clothes someone is wearing. Yet in this week’s portion we find a good deal...

  • “Ayeka? Where are You?” -  A D’var Torah for Parashat Shoftim

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 24, 2012 | 7:33 am

    This story is told by Howard Schwartz who based it on the tale by Zevulon Qort from Ben Zion Asherov of Afghanistan (I have edited his original telling):

    “There was once a Jew who went out into the world to fulfill the Biblical commandment – Tzedek tzedek tirdof [Deut. 26:20]...

  • When your brother will be low

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    May 15, 2012 | 9:04 pm

    He flopped down on the couch in my study, looking pale, upset.

    “What is it?” I asked, imagining a bad diagnosis.

    “I had to lay off one of my workers today,” he said, fighting tears. “The poor guy says he only has two mortgage payments in his savings account.”


  • Lessons My Grandfather Taught Me

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    April 11, 2012 | 11:18 am

    Every Passover, as I sit with my family at our seder, I inevitably think of my paternal grandfather, after whom I was named. I never met him. He died five years before I was born, and I was born on the anniversary of his burial. But from earliest childhood, I felt that my grandfather...

  • Make the Old New Again

    March 21, 2012 | 1:50 pm

    At the ripe age of 8, I learned the Peter Allen song “Everything Old Is New Again.” It may have been an unusual choice for an 8-year-old to crave hearing over and over. But for me, this song was synonymous with dance class, doing the soft shoe that landed me on stage for the...

  • Holy Sanctuaries or Golden Calves

    February 23, 2012 | 9:48 am

    As human beings, can we know precisely what God wants from us? It might seem, from the beginning of this week’s parasha, that we can: “Bring Me gifts. You shall accept gifts for Me from every person whose heart is willing. And these are the gifts you shall accept from them”...

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