Stepping into one’s power: how Rachel and Leah model female empowerment | Vayetze

While two women, Rachel and Leah, are central to this week’s Torah portion, it is not until the middle of the narrative, once they are…

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Torah from Around the World #287

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Neal I Borovitz, Rabbi Emeritus Temple Avodat Shalom , River Edge, NJ This week’s Torah reading is called Ki Teitzei. It begins the verse ” When you go out to war ” and speaks of the limitations of conquest, but goes on to include according to Maimonides, the great Medieval Torah […]

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Torah from Around the World #180

by Rabbi Aaron C. Meyer, Assistant Rabbi, Temple De Hirsch Sinai , Seattle, WA “We must begin with our in-laws,” he announced to a lecture hall packed with a broad cross-section of the Seattle, Washington Jewish community. Jews in felt kippot and long dresses sat beside those who were bare-headed and wearing tank tops in […]

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Torah from around the world #80

by Rabbi Stanley M. Davids, Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Emanu-El , Atlanta, Georgia, and immediate past President of ARZA “ If, along the road, you chance upon a bird’s nest, in any tree or on the ground, with fledglings or eggs and the mother sitting over the fledglings or on the eggs, do not take the […]

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Torah from around the world #130

By Rabbi Josh Jacobs-Velde, Rabbi of Congregation Ohev Tzedek , Youngstown, OH A recent experience got me thinking about the connections between the mitzvot of food justice from parashat Ki Tetzei and my own life. First, a little background: my family and I are part of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in Youngstown, OH.  For […]

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Torah from around the world #28

by Rabbi Rich Kirschen, Director, The Anita Saltz International Education Center of  the World Union for Progressive Judaism Last week I wrote about my concern that Chelsea Clinton’s wedding represented (if you will) the danger for Jews when we live in a society that loves us too much. However in the end of this week’s […]

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Torah from Around the World #341

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Grisha Abramovich, Rabbi of the Union for Progressive Judaism in the Republic of Belarus and the Sandra Breslauer “ Beit Simcha ” center in Minsk. Communal Responsibility Our chapter starts with the commandment “You shall appoint magistrates and officials and they will govern the people with true justice”. We have the […]

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Torah from Around the World #286

Recent Issues Parashat Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9) By: Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins, Emanuel Synagogue , Woollahra, Australia ON AUTHORITY AND AUTONOMY The tension between authority and autonomy lies at the heart of Shoftim, a parasha which contains around 50 mitzvot, many of them dealing with forms of government – the power of the judge, prophet and king, […]

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Torah from around the world #179

Recent Issues by Rabbi Ferenc Raj, PhD, Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation Beth El,  Berkeley, CA, USA; Founding Rabbi, Congregation Bet Orim, Budapest, Hungary Like many Yiddish words that are part and parcel of the vocabulary of American Jews, “bashert” is hard to translate. Most often “bashert” and “basherte,” are used to describe one’s soulmate, though we […]

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Torah from around the world #129

by Rabbin Pauline Bebe, Communauté juive libérale – Ile de France , Paris, France, Ce n’est pas juste! Qui n’a pas prononcé ces mots une fois dans sa vie? Enfant, adolescent, adulte, la conscience de l’injustice, la révolte qu’elle inspire nous donne un sentiment aïgu d’humanité. Nous existons à ce moment parce que précisément notre […]

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Torah from around the world #79

by Rabbi Fred Morgan, Senior Rabbi, Temple Beth Israel , Melbourne, Australia During the coming week Australia will be holding its next national census.  The results are used to set governmental targets and spending priorities for the next five years, as well as keep statisticians and social commentators in business for many decades. All countries […]

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