Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly Parasha: Is it still possible to believe in positive leadership?

No Comments 17 January 2017

In her Dvar Torah to Parashat Shemot, rabbinical student Yael Vurgan explores the qualities of a good leader.  Continue Reading

Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: Who is suited for leadership & what are the boundaries of violence?

No Comments 11 January 2017

It is within the range of human behaviour to respond with great violence to attacks against one kin. However, as Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann shows us in Parashat VaYehi, our forefathers worked hard to ensure that individuals who displayed vengeful personality traits were kept from leadership positions. Continue Reading

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Weekly parasha: Family, separation and unity

No Comments 04 January 2017

In Rabbi Noa Mazor’s commentary to Parashat VaYigash, she asks us to reflect on some very difficult questions.

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Weekly Parasha: Cultivating Mercy

No Comments 28 December 2016

Joseph’s brothers made a genuine attempt to kill him. Yet somehow, he finds a way to show them mercy, see them as they are NOW, and move beyond the trauma of the past. How does he accomplish this feat, and what might we learn from it?

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Weekly Parasha: Learning to live with the stranger

1 Comment 22 December 2016

How did our ancestors understand “otherness”? Were people defined by their blood or by their character? In her commentary to Parashat VaYeshev, Tamar Avraham shows us that theories about “purity of blood” are not only immoral and dangerous, but they are also not reflected in the Torah.

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Weekly Parasha: The Name “Israel”

No Comments 14 December 2016

With his commentary to Parashat Vayishlach, Rabbi Mordechai Goldberg reminds us of the wisdom in following in the path of Jacob, despite (or perhaps because of)  his mistakes along the way.  Continue Reading

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Weekly Parasha: Human Rights Day

No Comments 07 December 2016

As we observe International Human Rights day this week, which falls on the reading of Parashat VaYetze, Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann reminds us of the call, both ancient and modern, to walk in the path of justice and holiness. Continue Reading

General, Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: Together and Apart

No Comments 30 November 2016

What are the requirements of a strong and meaningful marriage? What about between nations, communities and peoples? In his Dvar Torah to Parashat Toldot this week, Rabbi Daniel Goldfarb inspires us to learn from Rebecca and Isaac. Continue Reading

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Weekly Parasha: See my suffering

1 Comment 23 November 2016

Parashat Hayyei Sarah has been used by many to justify the denial of human rights to the Palestinian residents of Hebron. In her dvar Torah to it, Rabbi Amy Klein shows us how Hayyei Sarah can also provide us with strength and resolve to seek justice for those suffering as a result of our failures.  Continue Reading

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Weekly Parasha: Our Mother’s Milk

No Comments 16 November 2016

When Sarah learns she is with child, she laughs and others join her. In is dvar Torah to Parashat Vayira, Rabbi Paul Arberman explores what the significance is of this laughter. Why does it play a critical role in making the world a more just place? 

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