Be a Tenacious Jew | Parashat Ekev

The Israelites are tenacious. That is a double-edged sword. On one hand they spend a great deal of time wandering the desert complaining and rebelling,…

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Between Love and Loneliness | Parashat Vayechi

This week’s parasha illustrates a paradigm of human excellence at the time of illness and death. Joseph gave his father the most precious gift he could. He did not allow his father to die alone.

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The Turning Points in our Lives | Parashat Vayigash

For the last eight months I have felt as though I have been frozen in place as though paralyzed not only by fear of a global pandemic, but also by the simple limitations of what I am able to do. Have you ever been afraid to go forward or back?  Afraid to change your focus?  What about unsure of your footing? It has happened to me. 

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A Fair Swap | Parashat Miketz

Rabbi Danny Burkeman | Temple Shir Tikva, Massachusetts, USA When I was at school, I remember that the collecting of football (soccer) stickers was very popular amongst us boys. We would buy packets of stickers, affixing them in an album, trying to complete teams and eventually fill in all the blanks. At school during break […]

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Zero Sum God | Parashat Vayislach

Is there anything more agonizing than a child pleading to their parent for a blessing—knowing that that blessing is gone? But, was the blessing gone? How can it be that blessings are zero-sum, that giving a prized blessing to one son means it is not available to the other?

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Deity Really Needs Us Too | Parashat Vayetze

Rabbi Michael Zedek | Emanuel Congregation, Chicago, USA This week’s Torah portion is rich in familial details and challenges, yet it begins with a man on the run, a person alone and uncertain what will become of him. So it is that the Patriarch Jacob comes upon a certain place, gathers stones of the place, […]

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Speech is Life – How to avoid estrangement inside a family | Parashat Toldot

Rabbi Brad Bloom | Congregation Beth Yam, South Carolina, USA Parashat Toldot portrays a family in distress and a reminder about how families who do not communicate with each other will face a severing of relationships that oftentimes can never be healed.  Just think about the dynamics of this week’s Torah portion. It leads us […]

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From Eliezer to Rebecca, a Torah Scholar | Parashat Chayei Sarah

Rabbi Uri Lam | Congregation Beth-El, São Paulo, Brazil And the Lord said to Abram: “Go forth from your land and your birthplace and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. (Genesis 12:1) And Abraham said to his servant (…): “To my land and to my birthplace you shall go, and […]

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Holiness in Laughter | Parashat Vayera

Rabbi Dr. Rena Arshinoff, PhD | Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, Toronto, Canada Recent world events and the covid-19 pandemic can leave little for us to laugh at. In fact, we might even feel guilty if we laugh these days. A few weeks ago, I met with a colleague of mine in my office. During […]

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