Dvar Torah Parashat Yitro

Torah from Around the World #364 Parashat Yitro (Genesis 47:28 – 50:26) By: Rabbi Neal Borovitz* The Torah portion for this week is called Yitro and is named after Moses’ father-in-law. The high point of this parasha and the climax of the entire Torah is Exodus 20, which is the conclusion of this week’s portion. […]

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Dvar Torah Parashat Beshalach

10 February 2017/ 14 Sh’vat 5777 Torah from Around the World #363 Parashat Beshalach (Exodus 13:17 – 17:16) By: Rabbi Paul Golomb* An old joke regarding the Torah characterizes Exodus as the book in which two big things happen. One is the revelation at Mt. Sinai, and the other takes place in this week’s portion: […]

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Dvar Torah Parashat Bo

Torah from Around the World #362 Parashat Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16) By: Rabbi Stanley M. Davids* “Seeing Beyond the Blackberries” There is a wondrous cultural center/restaurant in Jaffa that is known as Na La-Ga’at (Please Touch!). It houses a theater in which performances are carried out by actors who are blind and deaf; a café in which […]

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Dvar Torah Parashat Va’era

Torah from Around the World #361 Parashat Va’era (Exodus 6:2 – 9:35) By: Rabbi Fred Morgan AM*   Of Magic and Miracle I’m a fan of magic. It’s remarkable what magicians can do, especially some of the contemporary performers who do their magic anywhere – in a theatre, at a table or on the street. […]

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Dvar Torah Parashat Shemot

Torah from Around the World #360 Parashat Shemot (Exodus 1:1 – 6:1) By: Rabbi Michel Schlesinger*   Behaving as a People 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 […]

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Dvar Torah Parashat Vayechi

Torah from Around the World #359 Parashat Vayechi (Genesis 47:28 – 50:26) By: Rabbi Paul (Shaul) R Feinberg, PhD*   Living Life to the Fullest “And Jacob lived….” Thus begins the last portion of Genesis recounting the events surrounding the deaths of Jacob-Israel and Joseph. The closing chapters of this narrative convey a kind of […]

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Dvar Torah Parashat Miketz

Torah from Around the World #357 Parashat Miketz (Genesis 41:1 – 44:17) By: Rabbi James M. Bennett, the Senior Rabbi of Congregation Shaare Emeth, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.   Dream and Act This week of Chanukah recalls the potential of dreams, when we retell the ancient story of our ancestors’ struggle for religious freedom and […]

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Dvar Torah Parshat Vayeshev

Torah from Around the World #356 Parshat Vayeshev (Genesis 37:1-40:23)     Studies in Masculinity By: Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah, rabbi of Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue, UK The story of Joseph is amongst the most well-known in the Hebrew Bible – a mini novella, occupying the last four parashiyot of the Torah – Vayeishev, […]

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Dvar Torah Vayishlach

Parashat Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43)   “A Time for Healing” By: Rabbi Mark L. Winer, President of the Florida Democratic Party Caucus of American Jews and President of FAITH: the Foundation to Advance Interfaith Trust and Harmony The American presidential campaign has been painful. A mutual demonization of the opposing candidate has left many Americans […]

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Dvar Torah Parashat Vayetzei

Parashat Vayetzei (Genesis 28:10-22) 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 […]

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