Tag archive for "Parashat Hashavua"

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Shabbat HaChodesh: The Responsibility of Time

No Comments 14 March 2018

With liberation and sovereignty come many challenges. As we begin to prepare for Passover, Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman reminds us how our post-Exodus status must always be seen as a chance to “reset our clocks” as people empowered to shape reality towards human rights and freedom.  Continue Reading

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Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudi: A Light Tap on the Wing

No Comments 08 March 2018

The commentary to this week’s Torah Portion (Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudi) is provided by Rabbi Jeremy Milgrom. In it, he suggests that RASHBI’s (Rav Simeon Bar Yochai) statement about non Jews not being fully human was not intended to rank humanity. Rather, what was “a light tap on the wing” became, for a decidedly not marginal stream in Jewish thought, the basis for racist theory and practice stream of Jewish thought. Rabbi Milgrom explains how we can unpack this and actually defuse the bomb.

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One Step Closer to Redemption

1 Comment 28 February 2018

As Jews across the world celebrate Purim, Rabbi Gideon Sylvester draws parallels between the hints of redemption in the story of the festival, and the glimmers of it we find in our current world.

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Parashat Terumah: The Opportunity & Right to Give is Itself a G-d-Given Gift

1 Comment 14 February 2018

As a monotheistic faith, Judaism does not teach us that G-d can be housed in a specific space or building. In his dvar Torah to Parashat Terumah, Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann contemplates what was meant then when G-d instructed the Jewish people to build a mikdash or sanctuary. Continue Reading

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Parashat Mishpatim: The “gerim” in our midst

No Comments 07 February 2018

Who is “the stranger” that the Torah speaks about? How are we to interpret these commandments related to them? In her dvar Torah to Parashat Mishpatim, Rabbi Ayala Ronen Samuels challenges us to consider how we must treat the non-Jews among us in order to truly be a Jewish nation. 

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Feb 20: Launch of new book of Parashat HaShavua teachings by Rabbi Benjamin Hollander z”l

No Comments 04 February 2018

Please join us for a book launch of Rabbi Hollander’s newly published book of teachings on Parashat haShavua, titled To Be Continued, edited by Rabbi Michael Schwartz. Continue Reading

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Parashat Yitro: Your Stranger and Mine

2 Comments 30 January 2018

Jewish tradition makes clear in many ways that we are responsible for the well-being of the “strangers” among us. In this week’s dvar Torah to Parashat Yitro, Rabbi Peretz Rodman shows us yet another compelling reason for why we, as Jews, are obligated to protect the non-Jews in our midst. Continue Reading

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Parashat BeShalach: Water, Water but there is no Water!

No Comments 24 January 2018

Water is traditionally a symbol of life and Torah in Judaism. In his dvar Torah to Parashat BeShalach, Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann considers a life where the waters are not flowing freely. What are we to do when there is scarcity?

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Parashat Bo: When do we have free will?

No Comments 17 January 2018

What does it mean to have free will? In our modern era, what prevents us from enjoying true freedom of choice? In his dvar Torah to Parashat Bo, Rabbi Mordechai Goldberg examines these important questions that our sages have been pondering for generations. Continue Reading

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Parashat VaEra: The pain of discrimination

10 Comments 10 January 2018

In the story of the exodus, G-d hardens the heart of Pharaoh and then rains down terrible plagues on the Egyptian people because of it. In her dvar Torah to Parashat VaEra, Rabbi Dr Iris Yaniv seeks to understand how we, as people who seek equality and justice, are supposed to understand the painful suffering of the Egyptians while the Israelites are spared. Continue Reading

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