Tag archive for "Parashat Hashavua"

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Parashat Shoftim: The Eternal is the Inheritance

No Comments 22 August 2017

In her commentary to Parashat Shoftim, Rabbi Dr. Dalia Marx explores the ways in which the Jewish people find peace and comfort in the inheritance of our language and traditions. Continue Reading

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Parashat Re’eh: Building on the Mitzvoth

No Comments 14 August 2017

In this week’s dvar Torah to Parashat Re’eh, and Haftarah Isaiah 54:11-55:5, Rabbi Miri Gold encourages us to begin to take inventory as the new year arrives, and to once again commit ourselves to peace by building on the mitzvoth. Continue Reading

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Parashat Ekev: Overcoming the despair of vengeance

1 Comment 09 August 2017

This week’s Torah portion includes some disturbing material. In his commentary, Rabbi Jeremy Milgrom tackles how we, as people deeply concerned with human rights, must approach the vengeance and injustice written into Parashat Ekev.  Continue Reading

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Tisha b’Av 5777: Rabbi Zadok’s prayer

No Comments 01 August 2017

Destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem by Francesco Hayez, 1867

Destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem by Francesco Hayez, 1867

By Rabbi Idit Lev

In recent years in Israel the eve of Tisha B’Av has become a time to talk about the hatred between brothers that led to the destruction of the Temple. Many tales discuss the blind hatred and disconnect amongst various groups within the nation. We consider the parallel for today: the blind hatred and rifts, and the fact that these days it is considered legitimate to attack anyone who disagrees with you. Continue Reading

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Parashat Va’Ethanan: Do what is right and good

No Comments 31 July 2017

Our tradition teaches us to always seek to do “what is right and good.” Certainly keeping the mitzvot is part of that, but is that all that is needed in order to do what it right in the sight of God?

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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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