Does the World Need More Love or Justice? | Parashat Mishpatim

Rabbi Stephanie M. Alexander | Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, Charleston, USA. We’re often taught that it’s what’s on the inside that counts, beauty is only skin…

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Torah from Around the World #314

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Mark Goldsmith, Alyth – North Western Reform Synagogue , Temple Fortune, London, UK Twitter: @alythsyn @rabbimarkg Building a Synagogue Every modern synagogue has its own style. Sometimes it comes about by accident, sometimes by design, sometimes pushed in a particular way by the most active members or donors, and sometimes the […]

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Torah from Around the World #263

Recent Issues By Rabbi Benjie Gruber, Rabbi of Kibbutz Yahel and the Arava Region As we find ourselves after Purim, and Pesach is coming close, we read two Torah portions dealing almost only with the creation of the Temple in the desert, the Mishkan, the tabernacle. What is this all about? But more importantly: What […]

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Torah from around the world #207

by Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan , Congregation Shaare Shalom, Kingston, Jamaica The observance and remembrance of Shabbat is the fourth of the Ten Commandments. It is a perpetual covenant between God and the Israelites (Exodus 31:13–17). As Jews, we know this and we respect this. As Progressive Jews, we believe that we have the intellectual […]

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Torah from around the world #106

by Rabbi Steve Burnstein , Director, Anita Saltz IEC , Jerusalem. In this week’s double Torah portion, Vayakhel-Pekudei, we read in tremendous detail about the work of Bezalel, the renowned artist of the Jewish people, as he builds the mishkan or Tabernacle. “ He made the lampstand of pure gold… he made the poles of […]

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Torah from Around the World #157

by Rabbi Benjie Gruber, Rabbi of Kibbutz Yahel, Progressive Judaism, Arava Region and Eilat This week we have the wonderful chance of reading two portions – Vayakhel (“he assembled”) and Pekude (“the numbers”). We say goodbye to the book of Exodus-Shemot and prepare ourselves to spend a few weeks with animal parts and the mishkan. […]

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Some Thoughts on Parashat Vayakhel

This week’s Parasha Vayakhel opens with Moses convening a special meeting of the entire Israelite congregation.  Those of us with experience in congregational life might imagine him standing up in front with a roll of blueprints under his arm, congregational officers sitting on the dais along with representatives from the architectural firm as well as the general contractors, and delivering an inspirational speech to kick off the fund raising campaign. 

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Torah from around the world #11

11 March 2010 / 25 Adar 5770 Five years have passed since I helped the newly formed English-speaking ex-pat congregation in Brussels find its way. The first, somewhat primitive, synagogue was set up, the bimah and the Ark had been made, the first prayer books were printed, and my congregation in Amsterdam had loaned them […]

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Torah from Around the World #368

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Jack Luxemburg, Temple Beth Ami , Rockville, Maryland, USA In this week’s Torah portion, the spiritual relationship between a leader and his/her people is explored through the events surrounding the episode of Egel HaZahav – the Golden Calf. Our ancestors experienced Moses’ long stay on Mt. Sinai as abandonment and loss. […]

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Torah from Around the World #313

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Michel Schlesinger is the Rabbi of Congregacao Israelita Paulista (CIP) in Sao Paulo and the representative of the Brazilian Jewish Confederation (CONIB) for interreligious dialogue. The sin of the golden calf is committed in this week’s parasha , Ki Tisa. Ironically, in the same portion of the Torah where this artistic […]

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Torah from Around the World #262

By Rabbi Ruven Bar Ephraim, Or Chadasch Congregation, Zurich, Switzerland, and Rabbinic Advisor to the EUPJ One comes into the world, usually with two parents, perhaps siblings, aunts, uncles, Grandparents and other relatives. The family situation changes when you have a spouse. He / she brings her / his family clan into the marriage. As […]

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