When Wrestling is More than Entertainment | Parashat Vayishlach

Rabbi Michael Zedek | Emanuel Congregation, Chicago, USA One of my most beloved teachers would offer, “Is the Bible the religious text of Western civilization…

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[NORTH AMERICA] 2019 Consultation on Conscience

The 2019 Consultation on Conscience brang together Jewish congregational and communal leaders and built meaningful connections, learning and expanding the skills needed for social change, and deepen the knowledge of critical issues facing the north american communities.

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The World Union Mourns the Passing of Betty Golomb z”l

January 15, 2019 – It is with deep sadness that the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) shares the news of the passing, today, of Betty Golomb, our much-loved visionary leader and philanthropist who helped ensure the future of Progressive Judaism worldwide. Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday morning, January 16th at Central Synagogue in New York City.

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On Struggles, Wholeness and Peace | Parashat Toldot

t is, in fact, quite a powerful image to imagine. The foundations of Israel and its enemy people originating in the same womb, struggling for power, quarreling with one another from their pre-birth days. But the narrative could have been told differently. We, Israel, the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob could have been born by ourselves without quarrel or contention – without having to share ancestry or even a womb.  The narrative could have been anything under the sun.

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In Memory of Rabbi Aaron David Panken z”l

We are a proud, strong and supportive global Jewish family. On May 5, 2018, a leading and much loved member of our family – our beloved teacher, mentor, friend, visionary inspiration and partner, Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, died tragically and prematurely in a plane crash. Rabbi Panken has served as the President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute […]

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Parashat Acharei Mot-K’doshim 5778

Virtually, the entire book of Leviticus imagines God speaking to Moses.  It is all instruction and no action.  One significant departure into narrative is a striking little tale begun in Chapters 9 and 10, the ordination of Aaron and his four sons as priests (kohanim) for the people Israel, and the disastrous action of two of the sons that lead to their fiery death. The story concludes six chapters later, with the Torah portion, Acharei Mot.  Depicted here—almost hidden among the thicket of priestly laws and regulations—is one of the most dramatic scenes in Torah: the first Day of Atonement.

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