Torah from Around the World #138

By: Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins, Emanuel Synagogue Sydney “ Lech lecha ”, go forth, comes the call from God to Avram, and with that begins a journey that, to paraphrase Neil Armstrong thousands of years later, was “one small step for a man, one giant leap for humanity”. Even more than humanity’s conquest of space and […]

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Torah from around the world #87

by Rabbi Joan Glazer Farber, Adult Learning Specialist, Union for Reform Judaism Preparing for a journey of any kind can be daunting. So many questions guide our steps: With whom will I be travelling? What is the purpose of the trip? What will I need for my journey? What will the weather be like? Should […]

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Torah from around the World #36

By: Rabbi Roberto Feldmann The Deliverance from the Bowels of Chile’s Mother Earth A few years ago, some experts decided to degrade a planet which mythologically ruled the underworld, and reduced its dignity to a mere asteroid. Why? Because its orbit was erratic, a bit shifted and more elliptical than its other celestial brethren. Chile […]

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Torah from Around the World #349

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Nir Barkin and Smadar Bilik, DOMIM – aLike Israel-Diaspora Project, a joint initiative of the Diaspora Ministry of the Israel Government and the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) The story of the Tower of Babel , which appears toward the end of this Torah portion, marks the end […]

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Torah from Around the World #294

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Danny Burkeman , Rabbi at The Community Synagogue in Port Washington, NY. He is a previous member of the WUPJ Board and was formerly one of the Rabbis at West London Synagogue . He has a weekly Torah commentary “Two Minutes of Torah” available on iTunes and you can read more […]

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Torah from around the world #187

By: Rabbinical Student Rene Pfertzel (Leo Baeck College, London), Student Rabbi Finchley Progressive , UK, and Congregation Keren Or , Lyon, France Hope for the Middle-East? We are all dismayed and appalled by the bad news coming out of Syria. Assad’s regime has most likely gassed its own people using Sarin gas. Its chemical formula […]

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Torah from around the world #137

By: Rabbi Michael Dolgin, Senior Rabbi of Temple Sinai Congregation , Toronto “Torah around the world” should be the name of this week’s Parashah, rather than simply calling it Noah. The colour and creativity of the story of Noah often overshadows the later elements of the portion which describe the settlement of the world by […]

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Torah from around the world #86

By: Tirzah Ben-David, visiting Rabbi to Shir Hatzafon Progressive Community, Copenhagen, Denmark “Adrift” Parashat Noach tells us two stories that have haunted the Western imagination for over two thousand years, and remain chillingly relevant now. The images are iconic. Noach rides the flood with the entire gene pool of the planet huddled in the darkness […]

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Torah from around the world #35

By: Rabbi Joan Glazer Farber, R.J.E., Adult Learning Specialist for the Union for Reform Judaism , New York “L’Takein Et Ha’Olam” — Repairing our World The United Nations General Assembly has just completed its annual meeting in New York. It should be seen as a time when people come together to speak about common goals and peace. […]

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Torah from Around the World #348

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs, former President of World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) and Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Beth Israel , West Hartford, Connecticut, USA. Cain and Abel: “The Symbol Story of the Human Soul” No story in literature teaches us more about what God is—and what God is not—than Cain and […]

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Torah from Around the World #293

Recent Issues WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD? By Rabbi Ferenc Raj, PhD, Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation Beth El , Berkeley, CA, USA & Founding Rabbi, Congregation Bet Orim , Budapest, Hungary Still fresh in our minds is our celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the holiday that commemorates the beginning of […]

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Torah from around the world #186

By Rabbi Tirzah Ben-David, Shir Hatzafon Progressive Jewish Community , Copenhagen, Denmark “In the beginning”… the ancient Israelite account of creation presents us with a vision of infinite possibility. It pinpoints the unrepeatable, and unsustainable, instant when everything is potential, because nothing yet exists.  All artists know this moment, and they also know, with a […]

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