Torah from Around the World #139

By: Rabbi Tirzah Ben-David, Shir Hatzafon Progressive Congregation , Copenhagen, Denmark The Edge of Understanding Whether we are Reform or Orthodox, or anything in between, the Jewish Bible is the raw material of our religious imagination, and Genesis in particular is our great storybook. This week’s parashah , Vayera, narrates the key story of the […]

Torah from Around the World #88

By: Rabbi Ann Blitzstein Folb , Temple Sholom , Galesburg, IL “The Progeny of Abraham” Parashat Vayera is rich with stories that are well known to us and which teach us many lessons, although to be sure, they do not always seem to tell us consistent things about either God or Abraham.  The same Abraham […]

Torah from Around the World #37

By: Rabbi Rich Kirschen, Director, Anita Saltz International Education Center , World Union for Progressive Judaism Recent Issues “The Best Lack All Conviction, While the Worst are Full of Passionate Intensity” So this is the parsha that we think about every Rosh Hashanah, the one that they drilled into our heads in rabbinical school, that […]

Torah from Around the World #350

By: Rabbi Uri Lam, Congregação Israelita Mineira (CIM), Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil I have read and meditated on the midrashim so many times that I can no longer imagine the Torah without the rich many interpretation of our brilliant Rabbis, continuing to multiply from the Talmudic times to our days. They go so far […]

Torah from Around the World #295

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Joan Glazer Farber , is Co-director of Hevreh : A Community of Adult Jewish Learners A Journey of a Lifetime In my family, it has been a time of journeys and transitions. Our daughter and son-in-law became parents and then moved back to New York. Our son had been touring with […]

Torah from Around the World #188

Recent Issues “Where are you going?” It was a question I was asked by many of my friends. And each time, the answer was the same. “I don’t know. But something is compelling me. I just have to go.” Invariably, when I returned, the first question was the same as the first, “Where did you […]

Torah from Around the World #138

By: Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins, Emanuel Synagogue Sydney “ Lech lecha ”, go forth, comes the call from God to Avram, and with that begins a journey that, to paraphrase Neil Armstrong thousands of years later, was “one small step for a man, one giant leap for humanity”. Even more than humanity’s conquest of space and […]

Torah from around the world #87

by Rabbi Joan Glazer Farber, Adult Learning Specialist, Union for Reform Judaism Preparing for a journey of any kind can be daunting. So many questions guide our steps: With whom will I be travelling? What is the purpose of the trip? What will I need for my journey? What will the weather be like? Should […]

Torah from Around the World #349

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Nir Barkin and Smadar Bilik, DOMIM – aLike Israel-Diaspora Project, a joint initiative of the Diaspora Ministry of the Israel Government and the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) The story of the Tower of Babel , which appears toward the end of this Torah portion, marks the end […]

Torah from around the World #36

By: Rabbi Roberto Feldmann The Deliverance from the Bowels of Chile’s Mother Earth A few years ago, some experts decided to degrade a planet which mythologically ruled the underworld, and reduced its dignity to a mere asteroid. Why? Because its orbit was erratic, a bit shifted and more elliptical than its other celestial brethren. Chile […]