Dvar Torah Re’eh

Choosing Wisely – Parashat Re’eh   By: Rabbi Morley T. Feinstein   What does it mean to choose? How important are our decisions? Choosing can range from what to wear, to what to say, to how to live our lives. In our Torah portion, Re’eh, God places before the Israelites blessings and curses as they […]

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Dvar Torah Eikev

Do Not Waste God’s Bounty – Parashat Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25)   Every year in the United Kingdom, 18 millions tonnes of food end up in landfills. Approximately, one-third comes from the producers of the supply chain, one-third from retail, and one-third from households. It costs the country 23 billions British Pounds every year. […]

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Dvar Torah Va’etchanan

Parashat Va’etchanan (Nachamu) Deuteronomy 3:23 – 7:11 By: Rabbi Fred Morgan I’m writing this drash in the week of the Wall: the week when the Israeli government decided to freeze its promise, negotiated through the good offices of the Jewish Agency over 18 months ago, to legalise freedom of religion at the Kotel by permitting […]

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Dvar Torah Devarim

Shabbat Chazon – A Sabbath of Vision Parashat Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22)   By: Rabbi Paul (Shaul) R Feinberg   Death and Life Are In the Power of The Tongue (Proverbs 18:20) “These are the words that Moses spoke to all of Israel (1:1)….” Thus opens the fifth book of Torah, with Moses exhorting […]

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Dvar Torah Matot – Masei

About Priorities – Parashat Matot – Masei (Numbers 30:2 – 36:13)   By: Rabbi Maya Leibovich* “Let this land be given to your servants as a heritage; do not take us across the Jordan.”(Bamidbar 32,5b). This is what two and a half tribes ask of Moses as the people of Israel are getting ready to […]

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Dvar Torah Pinchas

Parashat Pinchas (Numbers 25:10 – 30:1)   By: Rabbi Brad L. Bloom, Congregation Beth Yam, Hilton Head, SC   In life we do not always accomplish our dreams. We anticipate, for example, retirement hoping on leaving behind us a legacy; yet, often times that road to glory can be tricky. Unexpected results can alter those […]

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Dvar Torah Balak

Parashat Balak (Numbers 22:2 – 25:9) Turning Fear into a Blessing   By: Rabbi Danny Burkeman*   Imagine the scenario:  just across the border, a significant number of people are gathering. They come from a different place, they speak a different language, and they have different cultural norms. We can all imagine what would happen. Unfortunately, […]

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Dvar Torah Chukkat

Parashat Chukkat (Numbers 19:1 – 22:1) Miriam and the Missing Leadership of Women: A Commentary on Chukkat   Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah* After a lacuna in the Torah text of thirty-eight years, the narrative resumes once again in Parashat Chukkat, Numbers chapter 20 verse 1, with the death of Miriam. What do we know about […]

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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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