The Mitzvah of Tzav | Parashat Tzav

Rabbi Dr Barbara Borts | Associate Lecturer, Dept of Music, Newcastle University, UK The root tzv in the Tanakh means, of course, command, and the parashah for this week opens with…

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Why, When and Who Were Delivered? | Parashat Bo

hen reading this week’s Parasha, Parashat Bo, we learn not only about the additional plagues that were not mentioned in last week’s portion, and not only about the preparations for the very first Passover, but we discover when, why, and who went out of Egypt and were delivered by God. The chapter does not specify names of Jewish families or a list of those who came out of Egypt, but does answer some questions such as “when did the Exodus start?” and perhaps even gives a hint on how to make this important Jewish event a success.

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Torah from Around the World #48

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Professor Walter Homolka, Rector of the Abraham Geiger College , Germany What a strong and powerful picture that is! The prophet Joel surprises Israel with a most disturbing message: God is the commander of an army of locusts ready to overrun his holy mount in Zion, the Land of Israel. Not […]

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Torah from Around the World #4

By: Rabbi Lawrence A. Englander, Solel Congregation , Mississauga, Ontario Canada In most of our congregations, we say a prayer for the State of Israel. One popular version refers to Israel as reshit tz’michat ge’ulateynu, “the first flowering of our redemption.” This phrase is commonly understood to mean that the creation of the Jewish State […]

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Torah from Around the World #361

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Fred Morgan AM, Movement Rabbi, Union for Progressive Judaism Australia, New Zealand and Asia (UPJ) Of Magic and Miracle I’m a fan of magic. It’s remarkable what magicians can do, especially some of the contemporary performers who do their magic anywhere – in a theatre, at a table or on the […]

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Torah from Around the World #306

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs, former President of World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) and Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Beth Israel , West Hartford, Connecticut, USA. “Why didn’t God Just Soften Pharaoh’s Heart? “I will harden Pharaoh’s heart … (and he) will not listen to you.” (Exodus 7:3-4) I vividly remember the first […]

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Torah from Around the World #199

By: Rabbi Bar Ephraim, Or Chadasch , Zurich, Switzerland, and co-chair of the European Bet Din. Changing your World Pharaoh and the Israelites have one thing in common: they are unable to think of something other than their perception of the order of the world. They are tied up in their own world view. It […]

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Torah from Around the World #149

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Paul Jacobson, Emanuel Synagogue , Sydney, Australia A number of years ago, I enjoyed a conversation with a rabbinic colleague en route to Ben Gurion Airport from Jerusalem. My colleague had just celebrated the birth of her daughter and was talking about the challenge of managing her child’s needs, all of […]

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Torah from Around the World #98

By: Rabbi Joel Oseran , Vice President, International Development, World Union for Progressive Judaism , Jerusalem Our weekly Torah portion, Va’Era,  (Exodus 6:2 – 9:35) introduces the classic biblical account of the 10 plagues, pitting the God of the Hebrews (using the letters Yod, Heh, Vav, Hey or “Adonai” as we pronounce the letters) against Pharaoh […]

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Torah from Around the World #47

By: Rabbi Dr. Walter Rothschild, Landesrabbiner of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany When God introduces ‘Himself’ to Moses he makes a remarkable statement: “I am the God who appeared already to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as ‘El Shaddai’, but I was not known to them by my name YHVH.” This raises the obvious question: Why not? I won’t press […]

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Torah from Around the World #3

By: Rabbi Burt E. Schuman, Beit Warszawa Foundation, Warsaw Poland. The Courage to Struggle Imagine that you have been chosen to lead a struggle for the freedom and self-determination of your people against a seemingly all-powerful and invincible foe.  Like the leaders of the great human rights struggles of the last century, you have nothing […]

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