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  • Torah portion: Beauty and love

    by Rabbi Mike Comins

    September 23, 2014 | 9:58 am

    Over and above the din of desires there is a calling, a demanding, a waiting, an expectation. There is a question that follows me wherever I turn. What is expected of me? What is demanded of me?

    — Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

    Our penultimate Torah portion is … a poem. Even...

  • Torah portion: Lean in

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    September 17, 2014 | 11:16 am

    It’s been a rough few months worldwide. In addition to the violence and the threats, the tenuous cease-fires and seemingly insolvable problems, many people also find all this difficult to talk about. 

    I’m hearing from colleagues and congregants, friends and family — sad and...

  • Torah portion: Challenging God

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    September 10, 2014 | 11:34 am

    Does the classic Jewish tradition allow room for challenging God? Our prayers constantly praise and bless God, but are there any sections of our liturgy that formally level an open challenge to God? 

    In one of Judaism’s earliest prayers — the “tithe declaration” — we find an...

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  • Torah portion: Do not look away

    by Rabbi Shawna Brynjegard-Bialik

    September 3, 2014 | 10:24 am

    On Aug. 24, one of Hollywood’s most visible young entertainers loaned her spotlight to someone we don’t usually see onstage: a homeless man.

    When Miley Cyrus introduced the world to Jesse Helt, it was so he could accept her MTV Video Music Award on behalf of homeless teenagers....

  • Torah portion: Law and order Jewish style

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    August 27, 2014 | 10:13 am

    The first sentence of this week’s Torah portion says it all: “Judges and [law-enforcement] officers shall you establish for [yourselves] within all your borders.” Judges to interpret and oversee righteous application of the law. Law-enforcement officers — cops — to keep the peace...

  • Torah portion: Wake up!

    by Rabbi Michael Barclay

    August 20, 2014 | 10:17 am

    Guard and listen to all these words that I command you, in order that it be well with you and your children after you forever (Deuteronomy 12:28).

    This week’s portion, Re’eh, contains a break in Moses’ speeches about Jewish history and destiny. Here he reminds our people of the...

  • Torah portion: Remembering the journey

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    August 13, 2014 | 10:47 am

    Many in the latest generation of women rabbis don’t think of themselves as feminists. For them, being a rabbi is a birthright; they grew up with women rabbis. They have little sense of what it took to get to this point. For those of us in the first generation, that is a bit...

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