Tag archive for "Parashat Hashavua"

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Parashat Noach: The rainbow’s diversity of unity

No Comments 18 October 2017

In Raanan Mallek’s Dvar Torah to Parashat Noach, he draws not only from Jewish sources but also from the modern disciplines of physics and literature to make an appeal for religious tolerance.  Continue Reading

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Parashat Bereshit: S/He Who Spoke and Humanity Came to Be

No Comments 10 October 2017

In his Dvar Torah to Parashat Bereshit, Dr. Shaiya Rothberg challenges us to think deeply and honestly about what it truly means to be humans created in the image of God. Continue Reading

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Parashat HaShavua for Shabbat Shuva: A Happy New Year Begins with Shopping

No Comments 19 September 2017

Shabbat Shuva is the Shabbat that falls during the ten days of repentance separating Rosh Hashannah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur. In his commentary, Rabbi Jeremy Milgrom reminds us how we must continue to seek strength not only from our own tradition, but also from the global community.

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Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelech: Citizen’s Rights and Teshuva

No Comments 12 September 2017

In our modern world, there is a clear division between those that are citizens, and those that are not. As we approach the New Year and make amends for our past mistakes, Leah Shakdiel shows us how the Jewish tradition can teach us about striving for common good and inclusivity between all people instead of dividing people based on differences in ethnic origin.

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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

1 Comment 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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