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Tag: Torah Portion
June 7, 2013 | 6:28 am
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...
May 29, 2013 | 4:44 pm
May 17, 2013 | 5:29 am
Our special guest today is Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish human rights organization with over 400,000 family members.
For three decades, Rabbi Cooper has overseen the Wiesenthal Center’s international social action agenda...
May 15, 2013 | 11:45 am
May 8, 2013 | 6:54 pm
The book of Bamidbar, literally “in the desert” or “in the wilderness,” is a hard book to read. Over and over, plagues break out and thousands are killed. The reason, we are told, is a pronounced lack of faith in God. I found the repeated spilling of Israelite blood difficult, to...
April 26, 2013 | 5:20 am
This is the Second installment of our weekly series of talks about the weekly Torah portion.
Our Special guest today is Rabba Sara Hurwitz, a member of the Rabbinical staff at the Hebrew institute of Riverdale and the Dean of Yeshivat Maharat, the first institution to train...
April 24, 2013 | 5:05 pm
Life is not easy. In fact, at times it’s downright infuriating. Our natural tendency is to want to blame someone, and the easiest target is God. We may carry anger at HaShem for our entire lives. As a result, we miss out on decades of spiritual connectedness and comfort.
April 19, 2013 | 9:36 am
This is the first in a series of weekly videos in which we will discuss the weekly Torah portion (Parashat Hashavua) with leading Rabbis of different denominations.
Our first guest is Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), the congregational arm of...
April 10, 2013 | 1:57 pm
March 21, 2013 | 4:49 am
March 14, 2013 | 4:39 am
March 7, 2013 | 4:14 am
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...
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...
February 13, 2013 | 7:40 am
February 6, 2013 | 11:09 am
I watched President Barack Obama’s second inauguration from the hospital room of my 92-year-old friend Harriet. She was having an EKG during it, even though we all agreed the numbers would not provide an accurate assessment of her condition — her medical condition, that is.
January 30, 2013 | 3:55 pm
Sometime during the 13th century, in a private study in Barcelona, an anonymous author sat and composed “Sefer HaChinuch” (“The Book of Education”). This systematic study of the Torah’s 613 commandments was beautifully written as a gift from a father to his son. In his...
January 16, 2013 | 1:49 pm
This week’s parasha is one of the most central to the Jewish narrative. We read of the final plagues, the storm brought by God’s mighty hand and outstretched arm gathering on the border of Egypt, the Divine command to prepare for the Exodus by baking the matzot and eating the...
January 9, 2013 | 11:47 am
There is an old midrash to explain how Moshe discovered his Jewish identity and woke up to his calling as a teacher and prophet. Yocheved, Moshe’s mother, used to sing him lullabies and feed him familiar foods. As she weaned him and led him into the embrace of his surrogate family,...
January 2, 2013 | 12:28 pm
This week we begin a new book of Torah — Shemot in Hebrew and Exodus in English. While the word “exodus” means “going out,” the word “shemot” means “names.” So, it should not be surprising that we are sent through a maze of names and journeys in this week’s parasha.
December 19, 2012 | 10:23 am
December 5, 2012 | 3:53 pm
In our age of Facebook and Twitter, we know all too well how fast words can spread. When I was a kid, we played the game telephone, passing a word or phrase around the circle by whispering it into each other’s ear, knowing that by the time it went all the way around, it would...
November 20, 2012 | 9:46 am
In this week’s parasha, Yaakov flees for his life, departing from Beersheva back to Charan — back to the beginning. How optimistic it had been when Avraham came to Israel two generations earlier, abandoning Charan presumably forever (Genesis 11:32-12:6). Avraham “went, took and...
October 24, 2012 | 1:46 pm
The existential philosopher Soren Kierkegaard famously observed, “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Often the same is true of Torah. Sometimes in order to understand what is happening now, you have to know what has happened before.
October 17, 2012 | 4:15 pm
October 10, 2012 | 4:41 pm
Readers long have been challenged by the blatant contradictions between the first two chapters of Genesis. In chapter 1, the creation of animals precedes people; in chapter 2, the order is reversed. In chapter 1, a single, androgynous Adam came into being; in chapter 2, Adam and...
September 27, 2012 | 10:14 am
If each spoken word is a droplet of water, then each voice that utters is a wind that brings forth rain.
Though, the wind has no shape. Though, water comes in all shapes and sizes. Though, no mortal power can divine the weather even a few days hence, words turn patterns as surely...
September 19, 2012 | 2:50 pm
September 12, 2012 | 11:40 am
“The Torah that I am prescribing to you today is not too mysterious or remote from you. It is not in heaven ... it is something that is very close to you” (Deuteronomy 30:11-13).
A great illustration of this passage is contained in the Yiddish story by I.L. Peretz titled “If Not...