Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: Its ways are ways of pleasantness

No Comments 21 August 2014

In this week’s parasha, Rabbi Uri Regev considers the milieu of teachings existing in Judaism on assimilation, eventually resting confidently in Judaism’s ability to flourish and handle well the challenges it is presented with by virtue of its righteousness and goodness. Continue Reading

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Weekly parasha: Examining the Birkat Hamazon

No Comments 13 August 2014

In this week’s parasha, Rabbi Dalia Marx breaks down the Birkat Hamazon (grace said after meals), and shows us how hidden within the prayer is an important lesson on moderation and respect. Continue Reading

Parasha / E-Letter, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

Weekly Parasha: Voicing the questions with which we all wrestle

No Comments 06 August 2014

As the recent war in Gaza appears to draw to a close, Dr. Rabbi Edward Rettig gives voice in this week’s parasha to the painful question that so many of us have found ourselves grappling with during this difficult and painful summer.

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Weekly Parasha: Which generation are we?

No Comments 29 July 2014

In the final reading before Tisha b’Av and in the midst of a brutal war in Gaza, Rabbi Miri Gold challenges us to consider which generation are we- are we one who takes the lessons we have learned, year after year, from our readings and faith and successfully applies them in the building of a nation created on justice and righteousness, or are we a generation living under the illusion of safety, caught in a holding pattern at Kadesh Barnea,  just outside The Promised Land,   for years upon years. Continue Reading

General, Justice in Israel, Occupied Territories, Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: On the connection between the war on poverty and the war on Hamas

No Comments 23 July 2014

Human life in war and peace is intertwined, just as negligent decisions by the High Priest can cause loss of innocent life. Rabbi Kobi Weiss on the causes of war and destruction: Continue Reading

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Weekly parasha: Another word about revenge and vengefulness

No Comments 15 July 2014

In this week’s parasha, Rabbi Shmuel Reinter explores the concept of revenge in the Torah, showing us that such things are only within the domain of God Himself.  For the rest of us, it is our responsibility to surpass our natural, vengeful desires and instead choose humility.  Continue Reading

General, Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly Parasha: The Gift of Strength & Contradiction

No Comments 10 July 2014

This week Rabbi Yehoshau Engelman offers a profound look at zealotry and peace, revealing to us the wholeness that only the truest of love can bring us, the loyalty and comfort that the dangerous passion of zealotry offers, and the final, ultimate gift of strength and contradiction that peace bestows. A fascinating, radical new read on Parashat Pinchas:

the rebel

“And yet, as Albert Camus elucidates in his book The Rebel, every rebellion is, always and inevitably, consciously or not, done in the name of a value and an ideal” CC: Harpercollins

By: Rabbi Yehoshua Engelman

Pinchas seems to be a natural leader, rising from virtual anonymity to do what needs to be done, at the right time.  At the conclusion of last week’s portion we read how he stayed the plague which smote Israel who were clinging to the idol’s and the Midianite women of Baal-Peor, driving a spear through Zimri the prince of the tribe of Simeon who, whilst retribution was being meted out to the sinning heads-of-the-people, brought  his consort princess of Midian “near before the eyes of Moses and the entire community of the Children of Israel while they were weeping at the entrance of the tent of appointment” (Num. 25: 4-9). It seemed to have needed Pinchas’ taking the law into his hands, he certainly is the man-of-the-day, saving Israelites from the plague . God, this week, rewards him with His “Peace covenant” of eternal priesthood “because he was jealous for his God” (ibid 13).
Till now – all is clear, as written in the Torah. I would like to share another reading, admittedly radical, based on various commentators: Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories, Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly Parasha: Follow Faithfully in the Path of Micah

No Comments 04 July 2014

This week Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann examines the Haftorah traditionally read alongside Parashat Balak. A reading from Micah, Rabbi Grenimann shows us that although shockingly little has changed in certain ways in the region of Shomron, the transformative vision of peace laid out by Micah is still attainable if we only follow faithfully in his path.

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Weekly Parasha: From Miracle to Action

No Comments 25 June 2014

There comes a time when every human must stop relying on their leaders, parents, and teachers and start taking personal responsibility for the world they live in. In this week’s Torah portion, Rabbi Dov (Dubi) Haiyun examines the significance of the loss on the Children of Israel. Once entirely dependent on the miracles of their leaders, the loss of Aaron, Miriam and Moses signifies the need for the Children of Israel to “grow up” and learn the ultimate importance of taking action.


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Weekly Parasha: Korah & The Intention Behind Disputes

No Comments 17 June 2014

Judaism cherishes a good argument– so why is Korah punished so harshly in his dispute with Moses?  In Parashat Korah, Rabbi Ehud Bandel shows us the intent that must be at the heart of all disputes– the serving of God and heaven, and the honest pursuit of truth. Korah reminds all of us who question the world around us that we must always do so for the sake of heaven, and never for the sake of power.
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