Ma nishtanah haPesach hazeh? | Pesach

Rabbi Harry Rosenfeld | Congregation Albert, New Mexico, USA   Perhaps, this year, the question we should be asking at Seder is:   ׁ?מה נשתנה…

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Priests, Rabbis and Clowns: The Illusive Search for “Authentic” Judaism | Parashat Tzav

The controversy over the recent Israeli Cabinet decision to affirm a pluralistic space in the southern area of the Kotel (Robinson’s Arch) continues to gain force, even threatening to bring down the present coalition government. Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) rabbinic figures have once again resorted to lambasting Reform Judaism and our rabbis with outrageous slurs: […]

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Torah from Around the World #371

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Mark L. Winer, President of the Florida Democratic Party Caucus of American Jews and President of FAITH: the Foundation to Advance Interfaith Trust and Harmony We Jews live in a complicated, “BOTH/AND” world. We have BOTH never enjoyed more acceptance and freedom than at this time in history—AND yet the number […]

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Torah from Around the World #265

Recent Issues By Rabbi Dr. Walter Rothschild, State Rabbi of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. We are still in the early parts of the Book of Leviticus, a book which many Reform Jews find rather mysterious, gruesome and, frankly, boring. This is a pity because it is full of fascinating details concerning means of communication with God – […]

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Torah from Around the World #210

by Rabbi Stanley M. Davids, Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Emanu-El , Atlanta, Georgia, and past President of Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) It’s all about being different, about being ‘other’. Had such been chronologically feasible, our Sedra would certainly have endorsed Shakespeare’s non-gender inclusive statement that “apparel oft doth proclaim the man.” The text […]

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Torah from Around the World 159

by Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor, Vice President, Philanthropy, World Union for Progressive Judaism When I was growing up, I was a member of what might now be called a “Classical Reform” congregation. The clergy was robed in clerical vestments; an organ rang out loud enough to shake the rafters (which were seemingly miles high). A […]

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Torah from around the world #108

by Rabbi Steve Burnstein , Director, Anita Saltz International Education Center , Jerusalem It’s wonderful having an office overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. When the weather is nice I sometimes skip lunch in favor of exploring the winding alleys of Jerusalem. It’s an opportunity for a bit of much needed exercise in addition to […]

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Torah from Around the World #370

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. In July 1974, our world lost one of the most distinguished Assyriologists of his generation, Adolf Leo Oppenheim. Some 10 years earlier he published his book […]

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Torah from Around the World #316

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Natan M. Landman is a retired U.S. Air Force Chaplain with extensive experience as a teacher of Judaism The Dynamics of Levitical Sacrifice Speak to the Israelite people and say to them: When any of you presents an offering of cattle to the Lord, he shall choose his offering from the […]

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Torah from Around the World #264

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Sheryl Nosan-Lantzke , Founding Rabbi of Jewish Spirituality Australia and The Hebrew Mini-Miracle Five-Hour Course Tiramisu. My husband’s favourite late night treat is tiramisu, and I love to buy it for him from our corner shop. We linger over precious, sweet, rich moments in the quiet of the evening after the […]

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The Torah of Priests for a Kingdom of Priests: Living with Conscious Being | Parashat Vayikra

Vayikra, the third book of the Torah, is known in the tradition as “Torat Cohanim”, dealing as it does with many laws concerning the priests and their role in leading the people in service to God… The Lubavich Rabbi commented that, “Being the most difficult to understand, the Book of Vayikra demands more effort from its reader, which in turn lifts the reader to new heights of understanding and spiritual achievement.” Of all the books in the Torah, Vayikra challenges us to think about what it means to live by the Torah’s precepts and what it means to be in service to God.

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