Torah from Around the World #334

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Danny Burkeman, Rabbi at the Community Synagogue in Port Washington, New York, USA. He is a former Board member of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) Dealing with Religious Extremism It’s not easy being a religious person today. I often worry that religion as a whole gets very bad press […]

Torah from Around the World #280

Recent Issues Parashat Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1) By: Rabbi Rene Pfertzel, Keren Or, Lyon, France and Finchley Progressive Synagogue, London, UK Religion has a very bad reputation nowadays. Dreadful actions are perpetrated in the name of religion, not only in the Middle East, but also in our developed, well-educated first world. Religion is used as a […]

Torah from around the world #227

Recent Issues by Rabbi Dr. Gábor Lengyel, Kehilat Ez Chajim , Hanover, Germany, and Guest Lecturer at the Leibniz University, Hanover Parashat Pinchas is a very difficult chapter where Pinchas, the priest, plays the leading role. It was Pinchas who, towards the end of the wandering through the desert, put an end to the immoral ways […]

Torah from Around the World #173

by Rabbi Shaul (Paul) R Feinberg, PhD, Emeritus Associate Dean, Associate Adjunct Professor of Education, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion , Jerusalem It is customary to wish persons going on a journey: “ Tzeit-khem l’shalom, oovo-ackehm l’shalom – go peacefully, in wholeness, and return peacefully, in wholeness.” Such a greeting reminds me of the […]

Torah from around the world #123

By Rabbi Fred Morgan, Senior Rabbi, Temple Beth Israel , Melbourne, Australia Pinchas opens with one of the most confronting stories in the Torah. The tale actually begins in the previous week’s portion, Balak . The Israelite men are seduced by the Moabite (also called Midianite) women. They engage in orgiastic sex, an idolatrous practice […]

Torah from around the world #23

by Rabbi Dr Tony Bayfield, Head of the Movement for Reform Judaism in Britain “We are getting breaking news of a terrorist outrage in Shittim.  Reports say that a Midianite woman has been brutally murdered by an Israelite.  We can go over to our correspondent in Shittim, Mo Ab.” “There’s uproar here in Shittim.  The […]

Torah from Around the World #333

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Uri Lam, Congregação Israelita Mineira , Minas Gerais, Brazil When Balaam looked out and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came on him and he spoke his message: (…) “How beautiful are your tents, Jacob, your dwelling places, Israel! Like valleys they spread out, like gardens beside […]

Torah from Around the World #279

Recent Issues Before You Sing Mah Tovu Again, Please Read This! // Parashat Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9) By: Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs , Former World Union president, author of What’s in It for Me? Finding Ourselves in Biblical Narratives , and Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Beth Israel, West Hartford, CT, USA. He can be reached at […]

Torah from Around the World #226

By Rabbi Dr. Charles Middleburgh, Leo Baeck College, London If you think really hard, I wonder how many animals you can think of that occur in the Bible and fulfill a role? First there was the snake in the Garden of Eden, then there were the pairs of every species that went into the Ark with Noah – […]

Torah from Around the World #172

by Rabbi John Levi, Melbourne. Australia Someone with a very acute sense of humour obviously wrote this week’s Torah portion. First of all, don’t blame Moses (or Ezra) for the story of Balak and Balaam and the recalcitrant and talkative she-ass and the angel. It might be helpful to mention that most biblical scholars believe […]