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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Dvar Torah Haazinu – Jewish Memories

By: Rabbi Ferenc Raj, PhD, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Beth El, Berkeley, CA, USA; Founding Rabbi, Congregation Bet Orim, Budapest, Hungary “Our existence is not in vain. There is a Divine earnestness about our life. This is our dignity. To be invested with dignity means to represent something more than oneself. The gravest sin for a Jew […]

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Dvar Torah Vayeilech

By: Rabbi Bennett F. Miller, Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple, New Brunswick, NJ, USA  Change is Certain; Don’t take surveys; and Don’t be dismayed! Ah! The parashah between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur! In the midst of the time of the year when we are considering “who will live and who will die… who will be […]

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We are standing on the precipice of a New Year, 5777. The Torah portion introduces the moment of decision is called Nitzaviim. This term might be translated as “standing at attention.” Every year on the Shabbat before Rosh HaShanah we are “at attention.” We are reminded that we are entering these days as a collectivity, […]

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Dvar Torah Ki Tavo

This week’s Torah reading celebrates the bringing of the first fruits (Deut. 26: 1 – 11) While in the forty years of wanderings the observance of some of the Torah’s teachings were on a theoretical level. Now during the last parts of Moses address in Deuteronomy he directs the people to focus on what happens […]

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The technical answer to the question is contained in the ordering of the words in the book of Genesis. “There was evening and there was morning … day one..” Each of the days of creation are counted from the evening. The verse seems to reflect a Jewish sensibility for a close reading of the word order in the […]

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