A Reflection of Self(ies) | Parashat Ki Tisa

The selfie with a cell phone might seem quintessentially 21st Century but Midrash on our parasha would suggest that there is an ancient precursor to…

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Torah from Around the World #220

Recent Issues By Rabbi Joel Oseran, Vice President, International Development, World Union for Progressive Judaism, Jerusalem Have you ever stopped to ask yourself the question – why do we call the 4th Book of the Torah by two different names? In Hebrew we call it Bamidbar (in the Wilderness/Desert) whereas in English we refer to […]

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Torah from Around the World #166

by Rabbi Howard Cooper, Director of Spiritual Development, Finchley Reform Synagogue, London, UK “On the first day of the second month, in the second year following the exodus from Egypt, God spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, saying : Take a census of the whole Israelite community, listing the names, person by person…” […]

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Torah from around the world #116

by Rabbi Stanley M. Davids, Immediate past-president of ARZA , and Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Emanu-El of Greater Atlanta, US. Counting should be a very straightforward kind of thing. You send out an e-vite to a child’s party, and each of the recipients can not only indicate with a key stroke whether s/he will be attending, […]

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Torah from around the world #66

by Rabbi Pauline Bebe, rabbi of Communaute Juive Liberale , Paris, France Le désert – le désert est-ce la solitude de ces moments d’entre-deux, entre Pessah et shavouoth ? The desert: the desert, is it the solitude of those moments in between: between Passover and Shavuot ? Un peu comme un montagnard qui marche d’un pic […]

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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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