In this week’s Torah portion, the Jewish people stand up and are counted in a census. In his dvar Torah, Rabbi Ron Kronish shows us that in order to be the holy people we agreed to be in our covenant with God, we must now also stand up and be counted for justice and peace.
In this week’s Dvar Torah for Parashat Behukotai, Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann confronts the contradiction between the Jerusalem of the Bible and of the prophets, both ancient and modern, and the Jerusalem of today, marred by the consequences of political victories. With the approach of Jerusalem Day, how must we choose to observe this day – with flag-waving and humiliation of others, or with holy deeds of compassion and mercy? Continue Reading
This dvar Torah for Parashat B’Har was originally published in The Jerusalem Report. Continue Reading
What is “wholeness” and what is “holiness”? How does our tradition guide us in our quest for them? In this week’s parasha, Rabbi Dov (Dubi) Haiyun shows us that through our acts taking responsibility towards others holiness and wholeness is projected onto us through our connection with G-d.
We are commanded to love our neighbours as ourselves. But what does this really mean, and how far can acts of love and kindness really go? In this week’s Torah portion, Rabbi Mira Raz shows us just how transformative love really is. Continue Reading
Why do we respond to abnormal bodily functions with revulsion? How do religion and society handle those who society labels “dirty” or “impure”? What responsibilities do our leaders have towards individuals who have become outcasts? In this week’s parashot, Rabbi Kobi Weiss delves into the significance of purity and impurity, clean and dirty, in the Torah and reminds us that all humans, dirty or not, demand respect and rights. Continue Reading
God condemns the angels for singing out in joy while the Egyptians drowned. Thousands of years later, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel z’l continues to inspire us to seek the equality of ALL people as our people. In this week’s parasha, Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann reminds us that the only way to truly be with God is through compassion for all humanity. Continue Reading
In this elegant reading of Parashat Tzav, Rabbi Susan Silverman explores our responsibilities to ourselves, to each other, to our children and to the most vulnerable among us. Despite everything, we are obliged to keep the flames within us burning. Continue Reading
In parashat Vayikrah, Rabbi Ed Rettig explores what must be done when “the community of Israel sins.” In the past, our ancestors would use sacrifice as a way to right the wrongs, but in modern days, we have other means at our disposal – electing new leaders. Continue Reading
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