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Between Censure and Encouragment: A Dvar Torah for Parashat “Kedoshim” and Its Haftarot | Rabbi Dr. Dalia Marx

No Comments 15 April 2013

“…The readings were chosen from Nevi’im…” | The Prophet Jeremiah cc: flickr By Ian W Scott
Dedicated with love to Gili and Tamar, on their becoming Bnot Mitzvah

The public Torah readings return us yearly to the creation of the universe, to the stories of the patriarchs and matriarchs, to slavery in Egypt and deliverance, to desert wanderings and to standing on the threshold of the promised land. The weekly haftarah reading is different. Here there is no sequential textual continuity—the readings were chosen from Nevi’im—the Prophets—because of their relevance to the Torah lectionary or to the annual cycle. With the Torah reading, choices do not exist; this holds true both for the yearly Torah reading cycle—as practiced in Babylonia—and for the Eretz Yisrael triennial cycle. In contrast, once easily discerns different traditions in the choice of haftarah readings. From this we can deduce that originally the haftarot were not fixed; the choice of the Nevi’im readings was determined by the respective Jewish communities. A Dvar Torah for Parashat “Kedoshim” and Its Haftarot.

By: Rabbi Dr. Dalia Marx
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To be of Troubled Spirit – and to Talk About It: D’var Torah for Parashat ‘Miketz’ 5773 by Rabbi Dr. Dalia Marx

2 Comments 10 December 2012

Pharaoh, king of Egypt, dreamt two dreams and the story of his dreams is told twice in our parasha. The first time they are described by the biblical narrator and the second time by Pharaoh himself, when we hear him relate the dreams that had troubled his spirit to Joseph, the Hebrew youth. A comparison between the two versions of the dreams opens up a rare window for us into the mind of the dreamer: Continue Reading


New Year Of Trees: Parashat “Re’e” and Rosh Hodesh Elul

No Comments 14 August 2012

Vinoth Chandar / CC BY 2.0

The Jewish calendar marks many special days, among them Tu B’Shvat,the New Year Of Trees, that in recent years has become a day for caring about the environment.  But there is no day dedicated to animals. Why do we not mark in the calendar our partners in this world who go on fours, accompany us in our loneliness, guard our houses, make us happy with their singing in the mornings, whose milk and whose meat nourishes us? How is it that we mark the new year of the trees, but are silent about animals, species which resemble us much more?  Continue Reading


Walking and standing: Dvar Torah for parshat “B’hukotai”

No Comments 13 May 2012

“These are the statutes and ordinances and laws, which the LORD made between Him and the children of Israelin mount Sinai by the hand of Moses” (Leviticus 26:46) | cc: wikipedia

The parasha of the blessings and curses speaks in a religious language that sees sometimes to be far and strange for us. But if we will “translate” it to our world, we will see that it teaches the meaning of our life in the world. Rabbi PhD. Dalia Marx wrote the Dvar Torah of parashat B’hukotai. Continue Reading


The birth of Miriam, the birth of a prophetess

5 Comments 30 January 2012

Reproduction of oil painting, “The Song of Miriam” | Paulo Malteis. cc: wikipedi

In Parashat ‘B’Shalach’ Rabbi Dalia Marx investigates the prophetess Miriam. On one hand Miriam appears in the Bible as a prophetess more times then other women’s names in the Bible. On the other hand we know very little about her.  Miriam’s singing, says Rabbi Marx, transforms Miriam into a prophetess. Continue Reading


The Blessings of the Sons and the Daughters

1 Comment 01 January 2012

 Silver Scroll fragment. Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Priestly Benediction expresses the most ancient prayer of the people of Israel. Rabbi Dalia Marx explains in her Dvar Torah of Vayehi the priestly benediction regarding both, sons and daughters. Continue Reading


Thoughts on Intimacy and Compartmentalization

No Comments 18 October 2011

cc: flickr | By zeevveez  | אדם מאותיות אדמה

Rabbi Dr. Dalia Marx looks into polygamy and the new fatherhood of our days as a part of a  new aspect of Parashat Bereshit.

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