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Our beastly selves: Parashat Vayikra

by Danny Maseng

March 5, 2014 | 11:05 am

What is a dedicated vegetarian, who is also a believing, contemporary Jew, to make of the book of Leviticus, specifically this week’s Torah portion, Vayikra? From the very beginning of the... read full article

  • Torah portion: Bridging Judaism’s generation gap

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    February 26, 2014 | 2:43 pm

    How do we preserve tradition while simultaneously introducing new ideas? Can worldviews from the past coexist with those of the new generation? From Shabbat tables and Passover seders to public forums and debates, we find an ever-widening generation gap in the Jewish world on...

  • Torah portion: On heroes and procrastinators

    by Rabbi Dov Fischer

    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...

  • The covenant of the calf: Parashat Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11-34:35)

    by Rabbi Yehuda Hausman

    February 12, 2014 | 5:01 pm

    If the word of God, engraved in stone, can crumble as easily as bread; if God’s voice, chiseled in rock, can shatter like a pitched dinner plate; if the children of Israel can cast off their heavenly covenant with a casualness not unlike the unclasping of an earring or a necklace;...

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  • Standing naked: Parashat Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20-30:10)

    by Rabbi Paul Kipnes

    February 5, 2014 | 11:54 am

    You step out of the shower, towel off and stand before the mirror. It’s just you and your reflection … the naked truth. Your eye appraises without mercy. Under the bright lights, no imperfection can be concealed; no blemish disguised. Or …

    It’s the morning after. Lights once...

  • Parashat Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19)

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    January 31, 2014 | 12:01 pm

    A few weeks ago, I spent four beautiful days on a meditation retreat with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (IJS) at the American Jewish University’s Brandeis-Bardin Campus. Spending time in silence, mindful yoga, walking and eating, as well as deep Torah learning with leading...

  • Down-to-Earth Sinai: Parashat Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:18)

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    January 23, 2014 | 3:06 pm

    I just returned from a four-day alumni retreat for rabbis and cantors who had taken part in an Institute for Jewish Spirituality program designed to deepen our own spiritual commitments. During this two-year program we studied Chasidic texts in a weekly telephone chavruta and...

  • Giving Voice: Parashat Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:23)

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    January 16, 2014 | 2:16 pm

    Someone came to me in tears. “Too much yelling,” he said. “My boyfriend yells at me, my boss yells at me, even my father still yells at me.” 

    We talked about how yelling doesn’t achieve what the yellers want to achieve. We talked about the knot he gets in his stomach when the...

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