Truth to Power | Parashat Balak

In today’s day and age, it is almost trite to talk about the power of words. Trite, because unless you’ve been living under a rock,…

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Torah from around the world #184

Reflections for Yom Kippur 5774 by Rabbi Dr Charles H Middleburgh, Director of Jewish Studies Director of Jewish Studies and Senior Lecturer at Leo Baeck College, London, and rabbi to the Cardiff Reform Synagogue in Cardiff, Wales . Many, many years ago, when I was a child, there was one part of the High Holy […]

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Torah from around the world #84

Think Globally, Act Locally, Do it Together / reflections for Yom Kippur 5772 by Rabbi Mark Goldsmith, Alyth , North Western Reform Synagogue, London; Chair of The Assembly of Reform Rabbis UK It is not certain who first used the phrase “think globally, act locally”.  It became widely used from the 1970’s onwards as the environmentalist […]

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Torah from around the world #83

Tekiah, Shevarim, Teruah / commentary for Rosh Hashana by Rabbi Michel Schlesinger, Congregação Israelita Paulista (CIP) (for the Portuguese version, please scroll down or click here ) Of all the symbols related to the High Holidays, the shofar is the one which draws most of our attention. This ancient musical instrument was used in biblical […]

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Torah from around the world #32

How many lies are contained in the phrase “A mosque at ground zero”? Erev Rosh HaShana 5771 by Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor, Vice President, World Union for Progressive Judaism / Congregation Da’at Elohim – The Temple of Universal Judaism, New York City There is something very strange and wonderful about this scene.  In fact, what we […]

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Torah from around the world #30

“The Islamic Cultural Center in My Jewish New Year’s Prayers” – on Akedat Yitzchak (Genesis 22:1-24) By Rabbi Mark L. Winer, Senior Rabbi, West London Synagogue At the season of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hoshana, a time for taking stock has been established.  God commands us as Jews to confront the world in which […]

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Parashat Haazinu (Deuteronomy 32:2 – 32:52)

By: Rabbi Ferenc Raj, PhD Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Beth El, Berkeley, CA, USA; Founding Rabbi, Congregation Bet Orim, Budapest, Hungary Jewish Memories “Our existence is not in vain. There is a Divine earnestness about our life. This is our dignity. To be invested with dignity means to represent something more than oneself. The gravest […]

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Torah from Around the World #291

Recent Issues By Rabbi Paul (Shaul) R Feinberg, PhD, Associate Dean, Emeritus and Adjunct Associate Professor of Education, Emeritus, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion , Jerusalem, Israel. “The last word has not been spoken, The last sentence has not been written The final verdict is not in It is never too late to change […]

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Torah from around the world #134

by Rabbi Ann B. Folb, Arlington, VA Ha’azinu , “pay attention,” “give ear”, and so begins the Torah portion which is the last to be assigned for Shabbat morning during our liturgical year. We have come almost full circle in our readings. Chapters 33 and 34 are read on Simchat Torah morning. Moses has been […]

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Torah from Around the World #345

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Bennett F. Miller, Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple , New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA Change is Certain; Don’t take surveys: and Don’t be dismayed! Ah! The parashah between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur! In the midst of the time of the year when we are considering “who will live and who will […]

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Torah from Around the World #290

Recent Issues By Rabbi Gary A. Glickstein, Temple Beth Sholom , USA Will you sing about me when I’m gone The rapper Kendrick Lamar recorded a song he wrote with Marilyn and Alan Bergman and Quincy Jones. The words Lamar raps relate mostly to a world you and I only read about in the news […]

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