Dvar Torah Korach

The Price of Redemption: Crafting a Moving Ritual Parashat Korach (Numbers 16:1 – 18:32)    By: Rabbi Jordan Helfman*   For the second time in my life, I witnessed a baby being redeemed from a life of service in the priesthood at the Temple in Jerusalem. The first, I was that baby. At this, my […]

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Dvar Torah Beha’alotcha

Parashat Beha’alotcha (Numbers 8:1-12:16)   By: Rabbi Menno ten Brink “When you set the lamps, let the seven lamps give light at the front of the lampstand” (Bamidbar 8:2). Aharon has been told by God to place the golden menorah in the Mishkan in such a way that the light will shine to the front.  […]

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Dvar Torah Naso

Parashat Naso (Numbers 4:21–7:89) By: Rabbi James Bennett To Lift Up and be Lifted Up “Daddy, can I carry you?” These words echo still in my memory from twenty-two years or so ago when my then 3-year-old son got his pronouns confused in his appeal for me to carry him. I laughed about it at […]

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Dvar Torah Bemidbar

Parashat Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1 – 4:20) By: Rabbi Uri Lam* There are periods in our lives in which we are neither here nor there. When we leave home, our land or our community and take Avraham Avinu as our example of Lech Lecha, moving toward a place we do not know, everything is seem to […]

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Dvar Torah Emor

Torah from Around the World #376 Parashat Emor (Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23) By: Rabbi Dr. Walter Rothschild lives in Berlin, Germany and is Rabbi of congregation ‘Or Chadasch’ in Vienna, Austria There is a time to be tactful. God, being God, does not always have to be tactful, but sometimes the needs of the time […]

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Dvar Torah Acharei Mot-Kedoshim

Torah from Around the World #375 Parashat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim (Leviticus 16:1 – 18:30)   By: Rabbi Aaron Panken, Ph.D.,  Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR),  New York, USA   Holiness is a many-splendored thing, according to this week’s dual Torah portion, Acharei Mot-Kedoshim. Within these parshiyot, holiness happens in two ways: first, through individuals […]

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Dvar Torah Tazria-Metzora

Torah from Around the World #374 Parashat Tazria-Metzora (Leviticus 12:1 – 15:33)   By: Rabbi Brad Bloom,  Congregation Beth Yam, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA   The subject of the contagious skin ailment that consumes two Torah portions takes us beyond matters of ritual purity. Beneath the surface, the Torah demonstrates a respect for […]

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Dvar Torah Parashat Shemini

Torah from Around the World #373 Parashat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1 – 11:47)   By: Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg,  Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, Ontario, Canada   A Time for Silence and a Time for Speaking   The famous words of Ecclesiastes (3:1) remind us that “a season is set for everything, a time for every experience […]

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Pesach – Hol HaMoed Pesach

Torah from Around the World #372 Pesach – Hol HaMoed Pesach   By: Rabbi Billy Dreskin, Woodlands Community Temple, White Plains, New York, USA   This Year’s Passover Challenge “My father was a wandering Aramean. He went down to Egypt with meager numbers and sojourned there.” I’ve always been curious about this passage from the Haggadah […]

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Dvar Torah Parashat Tzav

Torah from Around the World #371 Parashat Tzav (Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36)   By: Rabbi Mark L. Winer* We Jews live in a complicated, “BOTH/AND” world. We have BOTH never enjoyed more acceptance and freedom than at this time in history—AND yet the number of anti-Semitic incidents is rising in much of the world. Pew […]

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