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Weekly parasha: A Surprising Story of Reconciliation

No Comments 24 November 2015

Jacob expects violence when he encounters his brother Esau, accompanied by 400 men. Instead, shockingly, he receives a kiss. What can we in modern society learn from the actions of Esau, who, when in a position of power, falls to his brother – once a bitter enemy – and seeks reconciliation? In this week’s Torah commentary by Rabbi Ron Kronish, we see how it is possible for bitter enemies to choose to act with humanity towards one another. 
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Parashat VaYetzeh: Laban, the Greedy Capitalist?

No Comments 17 November 2015

Is it only human to seek to benefit just ourselves and our families – often at the exploitation of others?  Perhaps, says Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann in his commentary to  Parashat VaYetzeh, but it is our responsibility to strive to follow the path of Jacob, who moved beyond his most base instincts and followed a higher calling.  Continue Reading

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Weekly Parasha: A Pool of Love

1 Comment 10 November 2015

As Rabbi Haviva Ner-David watches her son begin his military service amidst the continual cycle of violence, she searches for answers to existential questions in her reading of Parashat Toldot. What alternatives does the Torah offer to the injustices caused by  tribalism, territoriality, chosen-ness and oppression? Continue Reading

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Weekly parasha: The Life of Rivkah

No Comments 04 November 2015

In Parashat Chayei Sarah, Rabbi Dalia Marx tells us, is the Bible’s first detailed narrative, and indeed its  first love story. In the love of Rebecca and Isaac, punctuated in a singular moment of connection and clarity, and  from which arose two great nations, we can see a vision of what is possible.  Continue Reading

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Weekly Torah portion: The courage to be in the minority

No Comments 19 October 2015

 In the rebellion of Abraham,  we learn to have the courage to break free from social status, nationality, and tyrants towards our own personal truths, where we each can stand unconstrained, as an individual, created in the Image of God.  In his commentary to Parashat Lekh Lekha, Rabbi Dubi Hayun reminds us that all lives bear meaning and value, regardless of nationhood or circumstance, and it is the duty of all of us to fight for the freedom of all humankind.  Continue Reading

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Weekly parasha: The Right to Life

No Comments 14 October 2015

Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann’s Torah commentary on Parashat Noah on the sacredness of ALL human life could not be more pertinent this week. As we face a wave of terrifying terrorism, we cannot let our fears  allow us to devalue to lives of others.  

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Weekly Torah portion: Bringing God into the world

No Comments 08 October 2015

In this week’s Torah commentary, Rabbi Miri Gold reminds us that it is all of our responsibility to bring God into the world through our actions – be them as small (or as a great) as the “mere” picking of an olive.   Continue Reading

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Weekly Parasha: Neither pursued nor pursue

No Comments 30 September 2015

In this week’s parasha, Rabbi Jeremy Milgrom examines what it means to be the pursuer and the pursued. As a people pursued for so long, what beliefs must we adapt in order to keep our faith? How can we overcome the cycle of pursued and pursuing in order to reach a true peace with all sides? Continue Reading

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Weekly parasha: Our True Oneness

No Comments 25 September 2015

In Parashat Ha’azinu, Yonatan Shefa questions the true nature of the reality we live in. How can we bring solidarity to our people when Israeli society is so divided? Continue Reading

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Yom Kippur and our responsibility to turn “the other” into “friend”

1 Comment 17 September 2015

As we approach Yom Kippur, Rabbi Dubi Haiyun explores the deepest  message of the holy day: a message that, in a country such as our own, shaken by racism and hatred of “the other,” reminds us of our responsibility to look in the face of those “strangers,” see the face of Gd, and in turn return to our own humanity. Continue Reading

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