Drash on Parashat Noach

Rabbi Stan Zamek | United Jewish Congregation, Hong Kong And of all that lives, of all flesh, you shall take two of each into the ark to keep alive with you; they shall be male and female. From birds of every kind, cattle of every kind, every kind of creeping thing on earth, two of […]

The Legacy of the Tree of All Knowledge | Parashat Bereshit

Rabbi Dan Moskovitz | Temple Sholom in Vancouver, Canada One Yom Kippur, a rabbi was warning his congregation about the fragility of life. “One day everyone in this congregation is going to die,” he thundered from the bimah. Seated in the front row was an elderly woman who laughed out loud when she heard this. Irritated, […]

Joy Even in the Paradoxes of Sukkot | Chol Hamoed Sukkot

Rabbi Dr. Rena Arshinoff, PhD | Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, Toronto, Ontario, Canada We are commanded to rejoice during Sukkot. The holiday of Sukkot is filled with traditions and symbolism. We partake in dwelling in the sukkah, shaking the four species, giving thanks for the harvest, expressing joy, inviting others, and showing hospitality. While […]

A Gracious God – Welcome to Life! | Parashat Ha’azinu

Rabbi Mark Dov Shapiro, Rabbi Emeritus Sinai Temple, Springfield, Massachusetts Once upon a time – when I was in college – I had a friend who was the classic renegade. It was the late 1960’s and he was full of passionate disdain for the political leaders of the day and for the War in Vietnam. […]

One great day at a time | Parashat Vayelech

Rabbi Mark Dov Shapiro, Rabbi Emeritus Sinai Temple, Springfield, Massachusetts Here’s the amazing truth.  Wherever you are around the globe as you read these words and look at the moon, you will see what I see in New England.  A small crescent.  A while sliver.  It’s a “new moon” for all of us, but it’s […]

Nitzavim, Hitting the Mark | Parashat Nitzavim

Rabbi David A. Kunin, Jewish Community of Japan, Tokyo, Japan Sporting endevours are often more than just a metaphor for religion but are powerful in their own right.  For Americans and especially the Japanese, baseball has a power all its own, where the stadiums are cathedrals and the games religious rites.  Likewise, Sumo, with its […]

The Uniqueness of Listening in Silence | Parashat Ki Tavo

Rabbi James Bennett, Congregation Shaare Emeth, St. Louis, Missouri, USA From the moment I awaken, I emerge from silence into sound.  I am inundated by sound. We all are. The noise of our alarms, the whir of the fan in our air conditioner or heater, the buzz of the electricity in our lights, the water […]

A Core Jewish Value | Parashat Ki Tetze

Rabbi Linda Henry Goodman | Union Temple of Brooklyn, New York, USA The Book of Deuteronomy is, in effect, the “swan song” of Moses, as he stands with Joshua and the Israelites on the bank of the Jordan River.  As the Torah draws to a close, and along with it, our calendar year, we read […]

Trust God… and Yourself | Parashat Shoftim

Rabbi Menno ten Brink | Liberal jewish Congregation of Amsterdam, The Netherlands When reading Parashat Shoftim I am back in time. I find myself again at Leo Baeck College in London, where I studied some 30 years ago to become a rabbi. In the meantime, I find myself in my 26th year in the rabbinate […]