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  • Torah portion: Desperately seeking Dayenu

    March 4, 2016 | 11:00 am

    When Bezalel, Oholiab and the artisans were building the mishkan (Tabernacle) in the desert, they found themselves overwhelmed by all the materials the Israelites were bringing for the construction. The people had taken to heart the command to bring gold, silver, copper, colored...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Vayakhel with Rabbi Dan Ornstein

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 4, 2016 | 4:03 am

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Dan Ornstein, rabbi at Congregation Ohav Shalom in Albany, New York. Rabbi Ornstein is a graduate of the joint program of the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Columbia University School of General Studies, as well as of the seminary's rabbinical...

  • Torah portion: Building a community on individual effort

    March 11, 2015 | 11:11 am

    “Do not regard anyone with contempt, and do not reject anything, for there is no man who does not have his hour and nothing which does not have its place.”

    — Ben Azzai, Pirkei Avot 4:3

    The two Torah portions of Vayakhel and Pekudei comprise the closing chapters of the book of...

  • Torah portion: On heroes and procrastinators

    February 20, 2014 | 2:47 pm

    We have devoted the past few weeks to reading God’s instructions to the nation of Israel for building the Mishkan (Tabernacle), the portable Holy Temple that will travel through the Sinai Desert with the Israelits and follow them into the Promised Land for centuries to come. By...

  • Egypt: Tabernacle or Golden Calf?

    By Rabbi Isaac Jeret

    February 22, 2011 | 6:19 pm

    As Jews, our character and faith are defined essentially by the story of our ancient liberation from slavery in Egypt, informing our concern for the welfare of those who are similarly oppressed. But as a minority often vulnerable to the whims of tyrannical victors, we are also keenly...

  • The Only Choice We Have

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    March 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Sometimes the same thing that got you into trouble can get you out of it. Take for example the fact that in last week's Torah portion, our ancestors used their gold jewelry to fashion a golden calf. For this act of idolatry and faithlessness, thousands were killed as God's anger...