How is Bo Profoundly Linked to Bereshit?

Rabbi Joseph Edelheit | founding Rabbi of Associação Israelita Norte Paranaense (Beit Tikvá), Maringa, Brazil Whenever the Sidre Bo approaches, I always remember what I…

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Torah from Around the World #226

Recent Issues 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 […]

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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 […]

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Torah from around the world #122

By Rabbi Richard G Lampert Rabbi Emeritus, North Shore Temple Emanuel Chatswood, Sydney, Australia “Mah Tovu Ohalekha Ya’akov, mish’k’notekha, Yisrael” “How goodly are your tents, O Jacob, your dwelling places, O Israel” These words are surely familiar to all who attend shul services. Every morning service throughout the year commences with these words, spoken by […]

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Torah from around the world #72

by Rabbi Raphael W. Asher, Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Tikvah , Walnut Creek, CA Every time I read the blessings of Bilaam I want to punctuate each with a “ Yasher koach ,”kudos,  for this Moabite prophet who three times shouted Israel ’s praises from the highest peaks. “ A star rises from Jacob !” (Nu. 24:17) […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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) […]

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