The Couple’s Cave | Parashat Chayei Sarah

Rabbi Uri Lam | Congregation Beth-El, Sao Paulo, Brazil And so, when it will come to me later Maybe death, the anguish of those who…

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Torah from Around the World #224

By Rabbi Nathan M. Landman. “They combined against Moses and Aaron and said to them, ‘You have gone too far! For all the community are holy, all of them, and the Lord is in their midst. Why then do you raise yourselves above the Lord’s congregation?’” (Numbers 16:3) The above challenge to Moses’s leadership of […]

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Torah from Around the World #170

by Rabbi Matt Cutler, Congregation Gates of Heaven , Schenectady NY Jewish history has stories of Jews acting less than nobly and has its fair share of stories of Jewish criminals. At the turn of the 20th century, when nearly a million Eastern European Jews came through Ellis Island in New York, there were Jews […]

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Torah from around the world #120

by Rabbi James Greene, Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center , Los Gatos, CA Our tradition gives Korah a bad rap. The rabbis tell a story of right and wrong, black and white, good versus evil, Moses against Korah. They see a narrative where Moses is defending God’s rule. But I prefer to tell it differently. For […]

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Torah from around the world #70

by Rabbi Joel D. Oseran, Vice President, International Development, World Union for Progressive Judaism , Jerusalem Our weekly Torah reading from the Book of Numbers focuses our attention on the infamous act of rebellion by Korach, who along with Dathan, Abiram, On and another 250 heads of the Israelite community set out to challenge the […]

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