Torah from around the world #22

by Rabbi Rich Kirschen, Anita Saltz Education Center , World Union for Progressive Judaism Today was one of those hot, dusty and very uncomfortable days in Jerusalem, and the news from inside the city as well as from around the world only increased the feeling that “the heat is on” in this complex capital of […]

Torah from Around the World #332

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Mark Goldsmith, Alyth Synagogue (North Western Reform), London, United Kingdom Over the past few weeks in Britain we have been celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s ninetieth Birthday. I say over the past few weeks because the Queen gets two birthdays every year, one her chronological birthday on 21st April and the other, called […]

Torah from Around the World #278

Recent Issues REMEMBER HESHBON! A SHORT PLAY IN THREE SCENES // Parashat Chukat ( Numbers 19:1-22:1) By: Rabbi Eric Polokoff, B’nai Israel of Southbury , Connecticut, USA SETTING: Israel, about 30 centuries ago. CHARACTERS: Crowd Jephthah Jephthah’s Daughter Jephthah’s Wife Members of the Board of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) SCENE I (The […]

Torah from Around the World #225

By Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black, Leo Baeck Centre , East Kew, Melbourne, Australia In Parshat Chukat we jump forward from the rules of the Red Heifer (Numbers 19) to the end of the forty years of wandering in the desert, 38 years later. Now the Israelites arrive at Kadesh, in the wilderness of Tzin (Numbers 20:1) […]

Torah from Around the World #171

by Rabbi Goldie Milgram , Founder and Director of Reclaiming Judaism , and co-editor of Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning This week’s portion appears to contain instructions for witchcraft. One finds a red heifer, known as the para adumah (though none seem to exist), burns it, throwing into the burning some cedar wood, […]

Torah from around the world #121

By Rabbi Benjie Gruber , Kibbutz Yahel , Arava Region – Israel Parashat Chukat is the the Parsha of the 40th year. The events described in it occurred during the last year in the desert for the people of Israel. In fact, at the end of the parsha we read of the end of the […]

Torah from around the world #71

by Rabbi Stephen Fuchs, incoming president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism The story of Moses striking the rock in Parashat Hukkat has great meaning for me as I begin to serve as President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. The story takes place near the end of the Children of Israel’s 40-year-long […]

Torah from around the world #21

by Rabbi Celia Surget, Mouvement Juif Liberal de France (Paris) The Israelites have returned to what appears to be one of their favorite activities and resume the complaints about the lack of food, lack of water, and a general repulsion of the provisions. After being punished by God who did not prevent the poisonous desert […]

On God and Being Holy

We have heard enough about quick and easy success. A few years ago the Brazilian rock band Titans worked on an album whose name was, “The Best Band of All Times from the Last Week”. Impressive, so modern, so vain… People who until yesterday did not know who you were, now consider you a great […]

Torah from Around the World #277

Korach and his Dishonest Argument // Parashat Korach (Numbers 16-18) By Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, founder of City Shul , downtown Toronto’s newest Reform congregation “Any dispute which is for the sake of Heaven will ultimately endure, and one which is not for the sake of Heaven will not ultimately endure. What is a dispute for […]