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  • Torah portion: One night in Tokyo

    October 28, 2015 | 10:54 am

    Although I was just a kid, I still remember my walk to synagogue on Feb. 12, 1990. It stands out because I passed a newspaper, and on the front page was something I had never dreamed of seeing.

    There he was, laying on the floor, out for the count — the unbeatable Iron Mike Tyson,...

  • 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...

  • Torah portion: Living with pardon

    November 5, 2014 | 11:38 am

    A genocide here, a massacre there. Somewhere a theocrat falls, elsewhere a despot rises. Tent cities spring up like grass. Shantytowns and refugee camps sprout forth like fields of wheat.  

    Who by poison gas, who by machete, who by bullets and who by bombs? Who shall expire...

  • Vayera: The “Other”

    November 4, 2014 | 2:26 pm

    This post first appeared in the blog Neesh Noosh

    This week’s parsha, Vayera, is filled with ethical challenges:  Sodom and Gomorrah, the binding of Issac, and the departure of Hagar and Ishmael. But, at the beginning of the parsha, Sarah and Abraham welcome three unexpected...

  • Why Abraham?

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    November 1, 2012 | 3:44 pm

    He had only God’s endorsement. Otherwise, this newly chosen leader of the world was a virtual unknown. He didn’t campaign for very long; he suddenly appeared on the scene, going on to change the world.

    Who was Abraham, and why was he chosen? What was the purpose behind choosing...