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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Dvar Torah Parashat Toldot

Torah from Around the World #353 Parashat Toldot (Genesis 25:19 – 26:5) By: Rabbi Lisa J. Grushcow, D.Phil., Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, Montreal, Canada Identity and Authenticity “These are the generations of Isaac son of Abraham; Abraham begat Isaac” (Gen. 25:19). The rabbis who commented on the opening words of our parasha were anxious. The presenting […]

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Dvar Torah Chayei Sara

Torah from Around the World #352 Parashat Chayei Sara (Genesis 23:1 – 25:18) By: Rabbi Jordan D. Cohen, Senior Rabbi, Temple Anshe Sholom, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada The Journey from Ger to Toshav to Jew “Then Abraham rose from beside his dead wife (Sarah) and spoke to the Hittites, saying, ‘I am a resident alien among you; […]

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Dvar Torah Vayera

By: Rabbi Dr. Edgar Nof, Rabbi of Kehillat Natan-Ya, Natanya and Rabbi and Program Director for Bridges for Hope – Gesharim LeTikva Why Did God Reveal Himself to Abraham?  Several years ago, a synagogue member asked me: Why did Abraham plead so much with God to help the foreign people of Sodom, yet didn’t even […]

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Dvar Torah Lech Lecha 5777

By: Rabbi Gil Nativ I was once invited by friends for lunch on Shabbat. Their other guest was an Orthodox Jew who worked as a physician at Soroka Hospital.  He explained why he could not set foot in my synagogue, where women go up and chant Torah or use their female voices to function as […]

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Dvar Torah Noach

Rabbi Nir Barkin and Smadar Bilik, DOMIM – aLike Israel-Diaspora Project, a joint initiative of the Diaspora Ministry of the Israel Government and the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ)   The story of the Tower of Babel, which appears toward the end of this Torah portion, marks the end of the series of stories […]

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Dvar Torah Chol Hamoed Sukkot

By: Rabbi Jordan Helfman, Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto, Canada & World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) Executive Board Member   The Homeless Man in the Sukkah During my second year of rabbinical school I flew to a small city on the border of Texas and Arkansas once a month to help facilitate Jewish living. The synagogue was […]

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