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 #16

by Rabbi Fred Morgan, Senior Rabbi, Temple Beth Israel , Melbourne, Australia For someone coming from Britain, Australia seems like an empty land, a wilderness. The great bulk of the Australian population lives within 100 kilometers of the coast, and another 100 kilometers inland  in many places brings you to the edge of the outback, […]

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Torah from Around the World #326

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Edwin Goldberg, Senior Rabbi of Temple Sholom of Chicago , Illinois, USA We are Defined by Our Choices “A seeker after truth came to a sage for guidance. ‘Tell me please, wise one, how did you become holy?’ ‘Two words.’ ‘And what are they, please?’ ‘Right choices.’ ‘And how does one […]

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Torah from Around the World #219

Recent Issues It would have been oh so easy to write this D’var Torah as the Rabbi of a Synagogue celebrating its 50th anniversary year, if as often occurs, the portions of B’har and B’chukotai were combined on one Shabbat; B’har containing the biblical account of the Jubilee Year! Alas, my lot is B’chukotai complete […]

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Torah from around the world #65

by Rabbi Rich Kirschen, Director of NFTY in Israel Like most people if you just look at the Pshat – the SIMPLE way of looking at the Torah – the Torah portion this week,  B’Chukotai really is not all that inspiring. That is of course why we also have the Remez , which is the […]

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A Whole Year of Shabbat | Parshat Behar

Every member of Am Yisrael was once a slave in Egypt. Since we are familiar with the situation of slavery, we have a moral obligation to let our servants go free in the seventh year. In this modern age, who are our slaves? Who or what are we slaves too? What should we let go of?

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Parashat Behar Bechukotai

No portion in our Torah discuss Judaism on a planetary scale more clearly than Behar-Bechukotai. The commandment of the sabbatical year makes clear that all the earth, not just that of the Land of Israel, belongs to God and is only on loan to us.

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It’s not over until it’s over and even then … it isn’t over (Parshat Behar-Bechukotai)

This week’s Haftorah tells the amazing story of when the Babylonian army is about to destroy Jerusalem, it looks like the people are about to be exiled; and Jeremiah’s cousin, Hanamel, asks the prophet to redeem his portion of land in the Jerusalem suburb of Anatot. Real-estate is plummeting but Hanamel acts on one of the most important Jewish values: understanding that ”it’s not over until it’s over and even then…. it isn’t over.”

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Parashot Behar-B’Chukotai

One of the most frequently quoted Biblical texts, especially beloved to Americans going all the way back to the period of their independence as a nation, is the phrase: “And you shall proclaim liberty throughout the land”. These formidable words were inscribed on the Liberty Bell, that icon of American history, which was hung in Philadelphia’s Assembly Hall on March 10, 1753. Yet, how many of us, Jew and Gentile alike, can actually tell you the biblical source for that quotation?

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