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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Dvar Torah Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei

 Torah from Around the World #369 Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei (Exodus 35:1 – 40:38)   By: Rabbi Benjie Gruber, Rabbi at Temple Har Zion Toronto and Scholar in Residence for ARZA Canada   The Cherubim – Were They Jewish? As the building of the Tabernacle begins we have a chance to glance at the process of the […]

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Dvar Torah Parashat Ki Tisa

Torah from Around the World #368 Parashat Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11-34:35) By: Rabbi Jack Luxemburg, Temple Beth Ami, Rockville, Maryland, USA   In this week’s Torah portion, the spiritual relationship between a leader and his/her people is explored through the events surrounding the episode of Egel HaZahav – the Golden Calf. Our ancestors experienced Moses’ […]

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Dvar Torah Parashat Tetzaveh

Torah from Around the World #367 Parashat Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20-30:10)   By: Rabbi Dr. Walter Rothschild, Rabbi of congregation ‘Or Chadasch’ in Vienna, Austria   A while ago we suffered a near catastrophe at home; my daughter was heating some oil on the stove, preparing to fry something, when the oil caught fire. Flames shot […]

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Shabbat Zachor 5777

Shabbat Zachor 5777   By: Mati Kirschenbaum   Purim is in the air. Everybody uses the last Shabbat before it to rest before the festivities, brainstorm with friends what costumes to wear and to sleep up in advance in anticipation of a long, eventful night. One could expect that our Torah reading should mark this […]

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