Without Another Word | Parashat Vayigash

Last week’s Torah portion concluded when Joseph accused his brothers of stealing his goblet and promised to enslave Benjamin. At the outset of Parashat Vayigash,…

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Torah from around the world #21

by Rabbi Celia Surget, Mouvement Juif Liberal de France (Paris) The Israelites have returned to what appears to be one of their favorite activities and resume the complaints about the lack of food, lack of water, and a general repulsion of the provisions. After being punished by God who did not prevent the poisonous desert […]

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On God and Being Holy

We have heard enough about quick and easy success. A few years ago the Brazilian rock band Titans worked on an album whose name was, “The Best Band of All Times from the Last Week”. Impressive, so modern, so vain… People who until yesterday did not know who you were, now consider you a great […]

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Torah from Around the World #277

Korach and his Dishonest Argument // Parashat Korach (Numbers 16-18) By Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, founder of City Shul , downtown Toronto’s newest Reform congregation “Any dispute which is for the sake of Heaven will ultimately endure, and one which is not for the sake of Heaven will not ultimately endure. What is a dispute for […]

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Torah from Around the World #224

By Rabbi Nathan M. Landman. “They combined against Moses and Aaron and said to them, ‘You have gone too far! For all the community are holy, all of them, and the Lord is in their midst. Why then do you raise yourselves above the Lord’s congregation?’” (Numbers 16:3) The above challenge to Moses’s leadership of […]

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Torah from Around the World #170

by Rabbi Matt Cutler, Congregation Gates of Heaven , Schenectady NY Jewish history has stories of Jews acting less than nobly and has its fair share of stories of Jewish criminals. At the turn of the 20th century, when nearly a million Eastern European Jews came through Ellis Island in New York, there were Jews […]

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Torah from around the world #120

by Rabbi James Greene, Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center , Los Gatos, CA Our tradition gives Korah a bad rap. The rabbis tell a story of right and wrong, black and white, good versus evil, Moses against Korah. They see a narrative where Moses is defending God’s rule. But I prefer to tell it differently. For […]

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Torah from around the world #70

by Rabbi Joel D. Oseran, Vice President, International Development, World Union for Progressive Judaism , Jerusalem Our weekly Torah reading from the Book of Numbers focuses our attention on the infamous act of rebellion by Korach, who along with Dathan, Abiram, On and another 250 heads of the Israelite community set out to challenge the […]

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Torah from around the world #20

by Rabbi Ann B. Folb, Pretoria Progressive Jewish Congregation – Bet Menorah Parshat Korach contains two of the many challenges to the authority of Moses and Aaron which appear in the Torah, and in this case the punishment is quite severe. The earth literally opens up and swallows Korach and his followers. You may well […]

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Torah from Around the World #330

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Fred Morgan , Temple Beth Israel , Melbourne, Australia Sometimes it’s valuable to remember where we came from and how far we’ve travelled.  When I was a child, the synagogue I grew up in was what we today call classical Reform. Head coverings were no-where to be seen, and the only […]

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Torah from Around the World #276

Recent Issues Parashat Shelach-Lecha – How we see ourselves By: Rabbi Danny Burkeman Whenever I look in the mirror, I’m always a little bit surprised at the face looking back at me. It’s not that I don’t know what I look like, it’s just that in my mind I think I still look the same […]

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