Hayom Harat Olam | Rosh Hashanah

By Rabbi Jonas Jacquelin | After each set of the shofar blowing during the Rosh Hashana service we say “Hayom Harat Olam”: “Today is the…

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Torah From Around The World #78

by Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor, Vice President, Philanthropy, World Union for Progressive Judaism My beloved wife and I have been blessed with three children. Our youngest, Zach, is just about to begin his college studies, but I still remember holding him in the days of his infancy and as an infant, Zachary, had many lessons […]

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Torah from Around the World #339

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Erin Polansky, the founding rabbi of Neshamah Congregation , a Reform community just north of Toronto. The High Holy Days will be upon us before we know it. Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? Are they big ones or small ones? This week’s Torah portion, Eikev , shows us […]

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Torah from Around the World #284

Recent Issues Parashat Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25) 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 Thanksgiving for the Land and Its Bounty Thanksgiving for the Land and Its Bounty Thanksgiving for Being Thankful “…for the Eternal Your God […]

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Torah from Around the World #177

by Rabbi Katalin Kelemen, Spiritual Leader of Sim Shalom Synagogue , Budapest, Hungary. “ When you have eaten and are satisfied, you shall bless… ” The sidra Ekev is named after its second word which means literally “on the heel of”, i.e. “in consequence of” your obedience. It starts with one of the prominent themes […]

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Torah from around the world #127

By Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Movement Rabbi, Movement for Reform Judaism, UK In Parashat Ekev (עקב), Moses continues his speech to the Israelites, outlining the consequences of obeying or disobeying God’s commandments. The rewards of obedience include continuing to enjoy the benefits of the covenant – health, abundant produce and fertility. The Israelite’s enemies will be […]

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Torah from around the world #77

by Rabbi Pauline Bebe, Communauté Juive Libérale , Centre Maayan – Paris, France The very name of this parasha – EKEV – is a drash in and of itself; no need to go further. Sometimes a mere utterance is worth a long speech. As one of my teachers, Rabbi Lionel Blue, used to say: you […]

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Torah from around the world #26

By Rabbi Dr. Walter Rothschild, Landesrabbiner of Schleswig-Holstein, rabbi of Or Chadasch , Vienna There is a big, very big, question hidden in Deuteronomy 9:5.  The Israelites, says God, are not to give themselves any credit for the fact that their opponents are driven out of the Land which they, the Israelites, are now to […]

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Torah from Around the World #338

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Norman T. Roman , Rabbi Emeritus Temple Kol Ami of West Bloomfield, Detroit, Michigan (USA) Sh’ma Yisrael! – The Voices WE Hear We sometimes overlook a special talent, such as Moses demonstrated, especially in the last book of the Torah, D’varim -Deuteronomy. While this week’s Parasha , Va-etchanan , gives us […]

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Torah from Around the World #283

Recent Issues Parashat Vaethanan (Nachamu) 3:23-7:11 By: Rabbi Roberto Graetz, Temple Isaiah , Los Angeles, USA The cycle of weekly Torah readings and the prophetic readings in the Haftarah is in many ways daunting. We just finished three weeks where the prophets spoke harsh words of admonition ( puranuta ). On this Shabbat known both […]

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Torah from Around the World #176

by Rabbi Philip Cohen, Ph.D., rabbi of Agudas Israel Congregation , Hendersonville, North Carolina Parashat V’etchanan contains the restatement of the Ten Commandments first articulated in the book of Exodus. The major difference between the two versions regards the command for Shabbat, and this difference is noteworthy. In the first version of the Decalogue, Shabbat […]

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