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Weekly parasha: Two different concepts

No Comments 15 February 2017

In her commentary to Parashat Yitro, Rabbi Mira Raz explores what it means to be a “treasured people.” How can the Jewish people strive to respond to complex situations with an “understanding heart” so that they may reach their destiny as a light unto nations? Continue Reading

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Weekly Parasha: Jewish ethics of warfare

No Comments 07 February 2017

Certain passages in the Torah strike a “triumphalist” war-like tone that makes many of us uncomfortable. As revealed by Rabbi Ron Kronish in his commentary to Parashat Beshalach, these feelings are not new to our people, and in fact, the rabbis of the Talmudic period — who established our tradition as it is today — offered creative, humanistic interpretation that must be remembered today. 

Pharaoh's army engulfed by the sea. By Frederick Arthur Bridgman

Pharaoh’s army engulfed by the sea. By Frederick Arthur Bridgman. Public domain

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Weekly parasha: Strength of hand or a strengthening hand?

No Comments 31 January 2017

When faced with conflict, is using power, force and shock necessary in order to drive home a point? In his Dvar Torah to Parashat Bo, Rabbi Peretz Rodman examines the wisdom of choosing to use a strong hand. Continue Reading

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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

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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

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