God’s Tenuous Promise | Parashat Pinchas

Pinchas, a Torah Portion that paradoxically begins with God countenancing violence with a “covenant of peace,” a brit shalom. Pinchas is a priest that alone…

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Torah from around the world #126

by Rabbi Sheryl Nosan-Blank, Founding Rabbi of The Nefesh Project We Jews know hate well. Against impossible odds, we survive consuming flames of anti-Semitism. Against lurking fears, we are sometimes urged to safeguard embers of hate for people, or peoples, who’ve hated us. Hate, like love, is pervasive and powerful. This week’s readings challenge us […]

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Torah from around the world #25

By Rabbi Rich Kirschen, Director of the Anita Saltz International Education Center , The World Union for Progressive Judaism, Jerusalem So one day my daughter walks up to me and tells me that she thinks Judaism is a lot of baloney.  And then she goes on to tell me how in fact the Rambam (Maimonides, […]

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Torah from Around the World #337

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Dr. Deborah Kahn-Harris, Principal, Leo Baeck College , London, UK “Every Head is Ailing and Every Heart is Sick” [Is 1: 5]: A Reflection for Shabbat Chazon/Erev Tisha b’Av Writing from London in mid-July (the WUPJ’s deadline for the d’var Torah is a month before publication), the weeks leading up to […]

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Torah from Around the World #282

Recent Issues Parashat Devarim 1:1-3:22 By: Rabbi Uri Lam – Congregação Israelita Mineira – CIM (Jewish Congregation from Minas Gerais), Brazil Moses addressed to all the People of Israel “Language is my Fatherland, but I have no Fatherland, I have a Motherland and I want a Brotherland Concrete poetry, chaotic prose.” (Caetano Veloso, Língua, 1984) […]

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Torah from Around the World #175

by Rabbi Uri Lam, Sociedade Israelita da Bahia (SIB / Jewish Society of Bahia, Brazil) Only those who live a known life, becomes older, distinct from the species among they live . (“The Bee”, Fernando Pessoa) The weekly portion which opens the book of Devarim (Deuteronomy) contains in itself an intriguing peculiarity: since Moses assumed […]

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Torah from around the world #125

By Rabbi Haim Shalom, incoming Rabbi at Menorah Synagogue, Cheshire Reform Congregation in the North West of England Every year on the Shabbat before Tisha B’Av, the day that commemorates the falling of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem and the exile of the Jews, we read the same Parasha and the same Haftarah. […]

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Torah from around the world #76

by Rabbi Danny Burkeman, a Rabbi at West London Synagogue in Britain and a former leader within Netzer. While I have no specific memory of the event, I love the idea that, together with all Jews of every generation, I stood at Mount Sinai when God gave us the Ten Commandments. We were also all […]

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Torah from around the world #75

by Prof. Guershon Kwasniewski , Religious Leader of Sociedade Israelita Brasileira de Cultura e Beneficiência –  SIBRA, Porto Alegre, Brazil We start this Shabbat with the fifth and last book of the Torah – Devarim / Deuteronomy. Many mitzvot – commandments – of the previous books appear in Devarim , especially from Shemot / Exodus […]

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Torah from Around the World #336

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Dr. Walter Rothschild, Rabbi of ‘ Or Chadasch ‘ Liberal Jewish Community, Vienna, Austria ”These are the commandments and the ordinances which the Lord commanded Moses to the people of Israel in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho.” With these words the Book of Numbers ends – Bamidbar, […]

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Torah from Around the World #281

Recent Issues Parshat Matot-Massei (Numbers 30:2-36:13) By: Rabbi Dr. Walter Rothschild is Rabbi of ‘Or Chadasch’ Liberal congregation , Vienna, Austria. Although this double-sidra includes many fascinating topics – cities of refuge, female inheritance rights and more – my eye was drawn to a less dramatic verse: Numbers 34:16f.: ”And God spoke to Moses: These […]

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