Songs of the SEA: let us SEE Miriam’s might! In this week’s Torah portion, Beshalach, we read the Song of the Sea (Exodus 15:1-18), a poem which was sung by the Israelites after they had crossed the Sea of Reed. Immediately afterwards, we read the following verse: ‘Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, […]

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There Is No Judaism without Jews Go, worship the Lord your God! Who are the ones to go? Moses replied, “We will all go, young and old. We will go with our sons and our daughters, our flocks and our herds; for we must observe the Lord’s festival.” (Exod. 10:8-9) Jewish tradition declares that “God, […]

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“But Jacob said, “No, I pray you; if you would do me this favor, accept from me this gift; for to see your face is like seeing the face of God and you have received me favorably.” (Gen. 33:10)” Few narratives in the Bible have touched me as deeply as does the story of Jacob’s […]

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Pharaoh’s hardened heart: the most terrible plague This week’s parasha, Vaera, deals with one of the most spectacular displays of divine power in the entire Hebrew Bible – with the ten plagues of Egypt. We can only marvel at the scope of divine intervention, which involves a wide variety of animals and (super)natural phenomena unleashed […]

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Dvar Torah Lech Lecha

Lech Lecha 5778   By: Dr. Israel Zoberman   Noah was destined to be neither the father of the Jewish people nor the founder of our faith. Though the most righteous one in his corrupt generation, he failed to reach out and save human lives besides those of his family. Thus, the Rabbis who were […]

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The Law of Return – is it time for the Return of the Law? Issues facing the Law of Return almost 70 years after its enactment By Nicole Maor The Law of Return is one the shortest laws in Israel’s legislature – just over one page long.  It exemplifies the Zionist dream and the cornerstone […]

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Sukkot 5778

Sukkot 5778   By: Rabbi Nava Hefetz & Rabbi Tamara Schagas   After the days of Awe – the days of judgment and blot, forgiveness and repentance – come the days of celebration, the days of joy and of praise. After fasting, we rejoice in Sukkot as the Torah instructs us in Deuteronomy 16:15: Seven […]

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Our Defects May Teach Us What Our Blessings Cannot (Yom Kippur) By: Rabbi David J. Gelfand As we approach Yom Kippur we say,  G’mar hatimah tova… May it be a good ending, as we leave Yamim Noraim and begin the journey of a new year…  But life teaches us new meanings to old words and […]

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Dvar Torah Ha’Azinu

Return to the Rock of Israel – Parashat Ha’Azinu (Deuteronomy 32:1-43)   “Tsur Yisrael, kumah be’ezrat Yisrael – Rock of Israel, rise in support of Israel…”. These are the words we sing on Shabbat mornings – and in that moment it is actually the congregation that rises for the recitation of the Amidah. We do […]

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