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Baseless discontent

by Rabbi Avivah W. Erlick

June 4, 2014 | 10:17 am

I like to have a derash in my pocket with an addiction/recovery theme when I visit Jewish inmates in the county jail, and I’ve got to tell you, Beha’alotecha is the perfect one to do... read full article

  • A mathematician’s dream blessing

    Rabbi Paul Kipnes

    May 28, 2014 | 11:07 am

    Two, 4, 6, 8 … What comes next? Once you recognize this as a sequence of even numbers, counted by twos, then you know that the numbers 10 and 12 come next.

    Two, 3, 5, 7, 11 … What comes next? This sequence of prime numbers (numbers divisible only by themselves and 1) continues...

  • Who counts?

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    May 21, 2014 | 10:43 am

    For the past five weeks, the entire Jewish community has been counting … counting the days between Passover and Shavuot, the anniversary of the day we received Torah. This linking of Passover and receiving Torah reminds us that our exodus from Egypt wasn’t only about our own...

  • Strength in unity

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    May 14, 2014 | 10:09 am

    Toward the end of his life, Rabbi Ben-Zion Meir Hai Uziel, Israel’s first Sephardic chief rabbi, composed his last will and testament to the Jewish people. In what is now considered a classic spiritual document and taught in schools throughout Israel, the theme of Rabbi Uziel’s...

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  • While the world was burning

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    May 7, 2014 | 10:40 am

    Do you remember Roy Lichtenstein’s Pop Art portrait of an anguished woman, her hand over her face, tears falling from her eyes and a speech balloon above her head saying, “I can’t believe it. I forgot to have children!” The implication was that this woman was so busy ticking off...

  • Counting Omer, Counting Reasons

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    April 30, 2014 | 10:16 am

    Today, May 2, is the 17th day of the Omer. Following the practice set forth in this week’s parasha, we have been counting the day of the Omer since the second day of Passover, and will continue to do so until we reach the 49th day of the Omer, when we will celebrate the festival of...

  • Not everyone, not yet

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    April 23, 2014 | 10:41 am

    "Times have certainly changed,” someone said to me the other day. “We have a new generation of children growing up just with marriage — not gay marriage and straight marriage, but ‘just marriage.’ ”

    Nice pun, I thought, “just marriage.” The oft-quoted Torah verse, “justice,...

  • Believing is Seeing (Exodus 33:12-34:26)

    by Rabbi Mike Comins

    April 16, 2014 | 2:57 pm

    The reading for Shabbat Chol HaMoed, the Sabbath of the intermediate days of Pesach (and Sukkot), describes one of the more exciting moments in Torah: the closest encounter any human has with God.

    Following the sin of the Golden Calf and Moses’ advocacy for the people, he makes a...

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