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Torah portion: Dream a little dream

by Rabbi Michael Barclay

November 25, 2014 | 9:21 am

“Although I have hidden my face from Israel, I will communicate with him through dreams” (Bavli, Chagigah 5b).

This week’s portion begins with Jacob’s famous dream: “He dreamed, and... read full article

  • Torah portion: Seeing the forest for the trees

    by Shawna Brynjegard-Bialik

    November 19, 2014 | 11:49 am

    Sequoia trees are some of the largest and oldest trees in the world. Whenever I visit Sequoia National Park, I am awestruck that the trees under which I stand were seedlings when the Temple still stood in Jerusalem. I marvel at what it must take for something to live that long. 

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  • Torah portion: Lingering hopes

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    November 12, 2014 | 10:27 am

    Parashat Chayei Sarah comes to us again this year in a time of wistfulness and worry, arriving as hostilities in Jerusalem and Hebron heat up. One would be hard-pressed to guess from the gentle stories told in Chayei Sarah of the deaths and burials of Sarah, Abraham and Ishmael...

  • Torah portion: Living with pardon

    by Rabbi Yehuda Hausman

    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...

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  • Kavod and the importance of feeling important

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    October 29, 2014 | 10:18 am

    Much has been said and written about Abraham’s 10 trials, which began with God asking him to leave his homeland and culminating with God asking him to place Isaac upon an altar on Mount Moriah. Much less discussed are Sarah’s trials — trials that, I’d argue, are even deeper and...

  • The problem of evil and us

    by Rabbi Paul Kipnes

    October 23, 2014 | 10:24 am

    So Noah heard God’s warning that the floodwaters were coming, understood that God would “take care” of the evil within his generation, and without second thought, began building the ark. He collected his family and the animals, endured 40 days of flooding and ensured the...

  • Torah portion: Bridging the space between us

    by Joshua Holo

    October 14, 2014 | 10:24 am

    When “The Passion of the Christ” came out 10 years ago, Mel Gibson took heat for pitching the movie as though it were faithful to the original story. Although the characters spoke Aramaic to imply historical accuracy, Gibson took significant liberties with the Gospels, slathering...

  • Torah portion: Embracing impermanence during Sukkot

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    October 7, 2014 | 11:08 am

    When I was visiting Albuquerque, N.M., a number of years ago, a friend brought me to visit the nearby Native American community to observe the annual corn dance. As we entered the space where this harvest ritual would be performed, I noticed that all of the participants began by...

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