I Am is God | Parashat Va’era

Rabbi Rami Shapiro | One River Foundation The opening verses of our parasha reveals the true nature of God; a revelation that invites us to…

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Torah from Around the World #354

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Brad L. Bloom MSW DD, Congregation Beth Yam , Hilton Head, South Carolina Jacob spends a night in the desert after fleeing his brother Esau. He has left Be’er Sheva and was headed to the old country of Haran to seek out the family from his ethnic roots. He camps out […]

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Torah from Around the World #299

Recent Issues Rabbi Rene Pfertzel, The Liberal Jewish Synagogue , London, UK / Keren Or , Lyon, France Vayetze : and (Jacob) came out. This is a very interesting way of starting a new parasha, but, of course, it is not a story about a coming out as we could understand this expression today. But […]

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Torah from Around the World #192

By: Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor, Vice President, Philanthropy, World Union for Progressive Judaism Learning from Jacob, the Weekend Warrior of Faith There is a popular expression: “In every life a little rain must fall.” That is not only true, but very much reflected in the philosophy and the teachings of Judaism. Judaism is an imminently […]

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Torah from Around the World #142

By: Rabbi Josh Jacobs-Velde , Rabbi of Congregation Ohev Tzedek , Youngstown, Ohio Heading into a Place of “Divine Anger” For this teaching, I would like to draw on the psychological-spiritual wisdom of Hasidism, particularly the teaching of the Chernobler rebbe, Menachem Nahum Twersky. Also known as the Me’or Eynaim (the title of his most […]

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Torah from Around the World #91

By: Rabbi Howard Cooper , Director of Spiritual Development, Finchley Reform Synagogue , London, UK Jacob’s Dream and the Inner Journey If, as the poet Stephen Spender observed, “the language of a nation, embodied in its literature, is its spiritual life”, then the twelve verses that contain the dream of the patriarch Jacob (Genesis 28:10-22) […]

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Torah from Around the World #40

By: Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor, Vice President – Philanthropy, World Union for Progressive Judaism “The Rabbi and the Rosary” All stories that teach a lesson are “true,” but some are also factual. This story is true and factual… Based on an event that occurred in 1999 Although my role as Program Chair of the International […]

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Torah from Around the World #353

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Lisa J. Grushcow, D.Phil., Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom , Montreal, Canada Identity and Authenticity “These are the generations of Isaac son of Abraham; Abraham begat Isaac” (Gen. 25:19). The rabbis who commented on the opening words of our parasha were anxious. The presenting problem was the repetition: if the Torah has already […]

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Torah from Around the World #298

By: Rabbi Lea Muehlstein, Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue , Northwood, United Kingdom Sibling Rivalry Most of us bear these scars: marks on our body that remind us of the downside of having siblings. When my sisters and I were little, my mum used to say: “bis der Erste weint – until the first one […]

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Torah from Around the World #247

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Natan Landman, author of Make It Short, Rabbi: Brief Jewish Lessons from Scripture and Take Words with You: Sermons and Addresses of a Lifetime What Goes Around, Comes Around “Now, my son, listen to me: flee at once to Haran to my brother, Laban. Stay with him a while until your […]

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Torah from around the world #191

By: Rabbi Reba Carmel, Reconstructionist Rabbi since 2009, freelance writer, teacher, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Jewish Dialogue Group Sara’s Tent and the Next Generations Isaac then brought her (Rebekah) into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he took Rebekah as his wife. Isaac loved her, and thus found comfort after his […]

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