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Parashat Devarim: The rights of all people

1 Comment 26 July 2017

As Jews, we are commanded to help our “fellows”. In this week’s dvar Torah to Parashat Devarim, Rabbi Ma’ayan Turner calls on us to not only struggle for the physical safety of others, but also to strive for the rights of all people.   Continue Reading

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Parashat Matot-Masei: Between the times

No Comments 19 July 2017

In this week’s commentary to Parashat Matot-Masei, Rabbi Mordechai Goldberg explores what we are really talking about when we are talking about rebuilding the Temple. Why is the struggle to make Israel a more just place especially relevant during this time? Continue Reading

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Parashat Pinchas: To Build and To Plant

No Comments 12 July 2017

In this week’s dvar Torah to Parashat Pinchas, Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann examines the “Divine pathos” of the prophet Jeremiah. What can we, as an Israeli human rights organization, learn from his unwavering commitment to his people and his mission?

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Parashat Balak: What makes our tents so good?

No Comments 04 July 2017

In his Dvar Torah to Parashat Balak, Rabbi Nativ brings us an interpretative tradition that understands Balak’s praise of the people as related to their balance between respect for family privacy and the needs of the community.

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Parashat Hukkat: Confronting the copper serpent

No Comments 28 June 2017

In this week’s commentary to Parashat Hukkat, Rabbi Galia Sadan examines the mysterious story of the “copper snake.” How can this snake help us overcome the challenges and despair we face in our lives? Continue Reading

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Parashat Korach: The miracle we really need

2 Comments 22 June 2017

In his dvar Torah to Parashat Korach, Rabbi Jeremy Milgrom warns us of the immorality of collective punishment, and reminds us of our responsibility to pursue peace in a time when war and terrible suffering seem to be lurking just around the corner.  Continue Reading

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Parashat Shelach: The blind ones who see

2 Comments 15 June 2017

In his commentary to Parashat Shelach, Rabbi Dov (Dubi) Hayoun explores the concept of sight and seeing. Why is it so important that we always “see” one another?  Continue Reading

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Parashat BeHaalotekha: A mindset of war

No Comments 07 June 2017

In his dvar Torah to Parashat BeHaalotekha, Rabbi Michael Graetz illustrates the differences between a leader striving to educate versus a leader who seeks only the use of force. What sort of actions may we see in a society where the only mindset is one of force and war?

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Parashat Naso: The Meaning of Peace in the Priestly Blessing

No Comments 01 June 2017

This week’s parasha which is loaded with verses about the tabernacle and its dedication, in addition to the details of Sota (“the suspected wife” ritual) and the laws of the Nezir, also contains a very familiar and beautiful blessing : the priestly blessing. This is its wording:

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Parashat BaMidbar: Come a little closer

No Comments 22 May 2017

In this time when both Jerusalem Day and Shavuot are upon us, Rabbi Noa Mazor explores in her dvar Torah to Parashat Bamidbar who is included in our gatherings, who is left out— separated by borders or by laws — and who is invited in.

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