Hayom Harat Olam | Rosh Hashanah

By Rabbi Jonas Jacquelin | After each set of the shofar blowing during the Rosh Hashana service we say “Hayom Harat Olam”: “Today is the…

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Torah from Around the World #199

By: Rabbi Bar Ephraim, Or Chadasch , Zurich, Switzerland, and co-chair of the European Bet Din. Changing your World Pharaoh and the Israelites have one thing in common: they are unable to think of something other than their perception of the order of the world. They are tied up in their own world view. It […]

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Torah from Around the World #149

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Paul Jacobson, Emanuel Synagogue , Sydney, Australia A number of years ago, I enjoyed a conversation with a rabbinic colleague en route to Ben Gurion Airport from Jerusalem. My colleague had just celebrated the birth of her daughter and was talking about the challenge of managing her child’s needs, all of […]

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Torah from Around the World #98

By: Rabbi Joel Oseran , Vice President, International Development, World Union for Progressive Judaism , Jerusalem Our weekly Torah portion, Va’Era,  (Exodus 6:2 – 9:35) introduces the classic biblical account of the 10 plagues, pitting the God of the Hebrews (using the letters Yod, Heh, Vav, Hey or “Adonai” as we pronounce the letters) against Pharaoh […]

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Torah from Around the World #47

By: Rabbi Dr. Walter Rothschild, Landesrabbiner of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany When God introduces ‘Himself’ to Moses he makes a remarkable statement: “I am the God who appeared already to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as ‘El Shaddai’, but I was not known to them by my name YHVH.” This raises the obvious question: Why not? I won’t press […]

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Torah from Around the World #3

By: Rabbi Burt E. Schuman, Beit Warszawa Foundation, Warsaw Poland. The Courage to Struggle Imagine that you have been chosen to lead a struggle for the freedom and self-determination of your people against a seemingly all-powerful and invincible foe.  Like the leaders of the great human rights struggles of the last century, you have nothing […]

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Behaving as a People | Parashat Shemot

We are starting the second book of the Torah with Parashat Shemot, the Exodus. The book which we have just read, Bereshit, Genesis, besides the creation of the world, tells the story of a family – the family of the patriarchs. The first book of the Torah begins with the account of a single man and a single woman, and ends with several chapters about Abraham, Sarah and all of their descendants and aggregates. Something different happens in Shemot.

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Torah from Around the World #305

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Neal Borovitz, Rabbi Emeritus Temple Avodat Shalom , River Edge, New Jersey, USA What is in a name? Names both distinguish us from each other and also can denote our relationships one to the other. This week we begin the reading of the Book of Exodus, which is called in Hebrew, […]

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Torah from Around the World #254

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Goldie Milgram , award-winning author and innovator in the field of Jewish Spiritual Education Part of this week’s Torah portion Shemot (Exodus 1-2:10) reads like a screenplay writer’s first draft of a script – in Chapter 2 verses 1-9, not even one character has a name. Take a look at the […]

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Torah from Around the World #198

By: Rabbi Pauline Bebe, rabbi of Communaute Juive Liberalee Please click here for this commentary in French If the book of Shemoth was presented to a publisher today, it would probably be suggested to the author that starting off with a list of names as the opener to a book, might leave a lot to be […]

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Torah from Around the World #148

By: Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor, Vice President, Philanthropy, World Union for Progressive Judaism “Seeing Holiness” In 1938, one of my favorite poets, William Butler Yeats, was presented with a gift. The gift was a sculpture of three Chinese monks carved out of deep-blue lapis lazuli stone. Contemplating the sculpture at length, he composed his poem, […]

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