Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: Even in the Darkest Times

No Comments 15 September 2014

In his commentary of Parshiot Nitzavim-Vayelech, Rabbi Gideon D. Sylvester invokes the wise words of a Hassidic rebbe and survivor of the Shoah as a reminder that even in the darkest times, when despair and fear to move forward seem to engulf us, there is potential for redemption. Continue Reading

Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: The Duty to Give

No Comments 11 September 2014

In Parashat Ki Tavo, Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch shows us how within the ceremonies and regulations regarding the giving of first fruits and tithes, there is great wisdom into out duty to remain gracious as well as giving. Continue Reading

Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: Blotting out the doubt from within

No Comments 02 September 2014

In Parashat Ki Tetzei, Yonatan Shefa urges us to see the Torah as a truly visionary piece of work, and calls our attention to a compelling new read on the curse of Amalek: is the Torah really commanding us to wipe out all his descendants, or is it actually  whispering for us to remember that we are all deeply, profoundly connected to one another? Continue Reading

Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: Pursuing unity and harmony within Justice

No Comments 27 August 2014

In Parashat Shoftim, Rabbi Mira Raz examines justice and law, showing us how in order to establish a legal system that fosters not only a society that is stable and ordered, but also a society where the individual is free to live a meaningful life, we must strive to  create balance between justice, legislator and executer, as well as between the material world and the unseen world. Continue Reading

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

General, Parasha / E-Letter

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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General, Parasha / E-Letter

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

General, Parasha / E-Letter

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

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