Torah from Around the World #158

By Rabbi Stanley M. Davids, Jerusalem, Israel Jewish tradition maintains that when children begin their religious studies, the first text that they encounter should be the Book of Leviticus, the third Book of the Torah. Leviticus Rabbah 7:3 suggests, ‘Let those who are pure and without sin begin with the study of the laws of […]

Torah from around the world #107

by Rabbi John Levi , Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth Israel , Melbourne, Australia There is a perpetual quarrel between Exodus and Leviticus. The Book of Exodus is high drama. It takes us through the departure from Egypt and the revelation at Mt. Sinai. It dashes our dreams with the episode of the molten calf […]

Torah from around the world #57

by Rabbi Michael Dolgin, Senior Rabbi, Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto , Toronto, Canada Looking at Parashat Vayikra, all I can think is: out of the frying pan and into the fire!  The last 5 weeks of parashiyot from the book of Shmot/Exodus have been very challenging.  With the exception of the story of the […]

Torah from around the world #12

As we begin a new book of Torah, we realize that it is time for a commercial break.  The events that close the book of Exodus will find their resolution in the book of Numbers.  Wedged between these two books is Leviticus – a commercial for the priesthood.  For many years – decades, even – […]

Torah from around the world #56

by Rabbi Dr. Walter Rothschild, Landesrabbiner of Schleswig-Holstein. The travelling tent – the tent for God – is ready. The Levites – descendants of Gershon and Merari and Kehath – will initially spend their working lives mainly as furniture removers, the descendants of Aaron as holy slaughterers. The People – with a capital P – […]

Parashat Pekudei | On Tzedakah, Giving and Supporting Israel

The cold desert sand found its way in between my toes as I walked silently through a small patch of the Arava wilderness. The hues of the early morning sun glistened off the mountains of Edom leaving me in a moment of awe at the sheer beauty of my surroundings and of those who make their lives there. This fleeting ephemeral moment of ‘at-oneness’ with nature was transformed as I stepped into the garden.

Torah from Around the World #369

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Benjie Gruber, Rabbi at Temple Har Zion Toronto and Scholar in Residence for ARZA Canada The Cherubim – Were They Jewish? As the building of the Tabernacle begins we have a chance to glance at the process of the building of the first Jewish Temple. These two parashot pretty much focus […]

Torah from Around the World #314

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Mark Goldsmith, Alyth – North Western Reform Synagogue , Temple Fortune, London, UK Twitter: @alythsyn @rabbimarkg Building a Synagogue Every modern synagogue has its own style. Sometimes it comes about by accident, sometimes by design, sometimes pushed in a particular way by the most active members or donors, and sometimes the […]

Torah from Around the World #263

Recent Issues By Rabbi Benjie Gruber, Rabbi of Kibbutz Yahel and the Arava Region As we find ourselves after Purim, and Pesach is coming close, we read two Torah portions dealing almost only with the creation of the Temple in the desert, the Mishkan, the tabernacle. What is this all about? But more importantly: What […]

Torah from around the world #207

by Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan , Congregation Shaare Shalom, Kingston, Jamaica The observance and remembrance of Shabbat is the fourth of the Ten Commandments. It is a perpetual covenant between God and the Israelites (Exodus 31:13–17). As Jews, we know this and we respect this. As Progressive Jews, we believe that we have the intellectual […]