Torah from around the world #204

by Rabbi J. Gendra-Molina , Ph.D., M.H.L One might think that the long description of the measurements and the details of the construction of the sanctuary do not deserve much of our attention. If so, it would be better to meditate at length on one of the opening verses that frame our reading for this […]

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Torah from around the world 154

Rabbi James Greene, Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley in Los Gatos, CA In this week’s portion, Terumah, God instructs the Israelite community on how to build the tabernacle, the sanctuary used in the wilderness.  Like all good faith communities, if you want to build the building you have to raise the dough.  So […]

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Torah from around the world #103

by Rabbi Miri Gold , Kehilat Birkat Shalom , a regional congregation located at Kibbutz Gezer, Israel We are mourning one of the great rabbis and scholars of our time, Rabbi Gunther Plaut z”l , who conceived and edited The Torah: A Modern Commentary . This volume graces the pews of many of our WUPJ […]

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Torah from around the world #52

By Rabbi Fred Morgan, Senior Rabbi, Temple Beth Israel , Melbourne, Australia The portion Terumah begins a narrative about the construction of the mishkan , the sanctuary that accompanies the Jewish people in their wanderings through the wilderness, that takes up five weekly readings from the Torah.  It is the longest continuous narrative in the […]

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Torah from around the world #8

The instruction Ray receives is strangely reminiscent of the one in this week’s Torah portion when God tells Moses: וְעָשׂוּ לִי מִקְדָּשׁ וְשָֽׁכַנְתִּי בְּתוֹכָֽם ( veasu li mikdash veshochanti betocham ) – Make for me a Mikdash (a Tabernacle) and I will dwell amongst you (Exodus 25:8). The instructions are relatively clear, especially as the […]

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Torah from Around the World #365

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Melanie Aron, Congregation Shir Hadash , Los Gatos, California, USA Responding to the Stranger Who is in Our Midst Lemah hadavar domeh – To what is this similar? That is the question I remember best from when I was a young student learning the Talmud. It’s a helpful way of looking […]

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Torah from Around the World #310

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Naamah Kelman, the Dean of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem Recently I participated on a panel discussing Intermarriage. This was for an Israeli audience and for many of them; the very issue of Intermarriage is just another indication of the decline of Jewry outside of Israel. It was […]

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Torah from around the world #203

by Rabbi Neal I Borovitz, Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Avodat Shalom , River Edge, NJ “When you encounter your enemy’s ox or ass wandering, you must take it back to him. When you see the ass of your enemy lying under its burden and would refrain from raising it you must nevertheless raise it with him […]

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Torah from Around the World #153

By Rabbi Josh Jacobs-Velde, Ohev Tzedek-Shaarei Torah , Ohio, USA The Jewish-American poet Marge Piercy has written an achingly beautiful poem called “Nishmat,” which appears in the Reconstructionist Kol Haneshamah siddur as an interpretation of the traditional Nishmat Kol Chai prayer of Shabbat morning. Here is an excerpt: “…Every day we find a new sky […]

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Torah from around the world #102

by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, Senior Rabbi, Temple Emanu-El of Tucson, Arizona, USA, and host, “The Too Jewish Radio Show with Rabbi Sam Cohon and Friends” The great 60’s comedian, Alan Sherman wrote a book about restrictions on human behavior. He decided to invent a new religion, which would have only one commandment: “Thou shalt […]

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