The Jubilee Year: An Aspiration and an Inspiration | Behar

What does it mean that the earth is God’s? How does that affect our understanding of our responsibility to the earth? And how are we…

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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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Torah from around the world #24

by Rabbi Billy Dreskin, Woodlands Community Temple , White Plains, NY I love the story of the daughters of Tz’lophekhad.  I mean, since when do women catch a break in the Torah?  And not only do these ladies get a hearing from Moses, but the names of all five daughters are mentioned three times in […]

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Torah from around the world #74

by Rabbi Haim Shalom, Jerusalem Campus Director of Outreach and Recruitment, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion This week’s parashah, Masei, meaning “The Journeys of” [the children of Israel] is an apt one to finish the book of Numbers: throughout the book, the children of Israel have been on a journey – traversing the desert, […]

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Torah from Around the World #335

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Jonathan E. Blake, senior rabbi of Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, New York, USA Morality in War, Then and Now I first wrote about Parashat Matot in 2008 for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Reform Voices of Torah online column. My comments here draw substantially on those remarks published earlier, […]

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