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10 Years of Ten Minutes of Torah

Unto Zion We Shall Give Torah



By Rabbi Josh Weinberg “All the people gathered themselves together as one man into the broad place that was before the water gate; and they spoke unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the Law of Moses, which Adonai had commanded to Israel. 2 And Ezra the priest brought the Law before the congregation, both […]

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The Politics of Exclusion – An Open Letter to MKs David Rotem and Uri Maklev



By Joshua Weinberg Ben Zoma was wont to say: “Who is deserving of honor? He who honors other people.” Rabbi Eliezer urged: “Let the honor of your friend be as dear to you as your own.” Rabbi Hanina ben Dosa declared: “He who pleases the spirit of man, will also please the spirit of God; […]

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Mourning Former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon



by Rabbi Bennett Miller and Rabbi Joshua Weinberg On January 4, 2006, while serving as prime minister, just two-and-a-half months shy of elections that he was expected to win in a landslide, Sharon suffered a devastating stroke and never recovered. Sharon lost the final battle and died on Shabbat January 11, 2014 at the age […]

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Planting a Seed



By Joshua Weinberg “And when you come into the Land, and have planted all manner of food bearing trees… (Lev. 19:23) The Holy one Blessed be he said to the people Israel: Even though you have found [the land] full of plenty, you shall not say: We shall sit and not plant, rather proceed with […]

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The Torah of Skirball



by Rabbi Joshua Weinberg “Rabbi Tarfon and some elders were reclining in an upper chamber in the house of Nitza in Lod when this question came up: Which is greater, study or action? Rabbi Tarfon spoke up and said: Action is greater. Rabbi Akiva spoke up and said: Study is greater. The others then spoke […]

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For the Sake of our Soul



By Rabbi Joshua Wienberg “A new light will shine upon Zion and we shall all benefit quickly from its light.” (morning liturgy) In 1897, Theodor Herzl established the first Zionist Congress, which assembled European Zionists to formally work together towards the establishment of a Jewish State. Some 24 years later, following a decision reached at the […]

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Taking Part in the Most Exciting Project of Jewish History



By Joshua Weinberg Making major life decisions can be difficult. The notion that a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ can have an irreversible effect on one’s destiny is nothing short of daunting. Sometimes we look for external signs or circumstances that point us in the right direction to ease our decision-making angst, and sometimes we avoid them […]

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Add New Voices to Israel’s Ruling Orthodox Authority



This Shabbat we begin the book of Deuteronomy, the fifth of the five books of Moses. Thisparashah, Devarim, is always read before Tishah B’Av, (tisha is ninth, Av is the second to last month in the Hebrew calendar) when we commemorate many terrible things that happened in our history. The most poignant themes of the holy day […]

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Appreciating Water in the Desert



By Al Tanenbaum This week’s Torah portion, Chukat, is uncommonly rich with themes of life, death, leadership, and faith. Most often it is thought of for its nearly impenetrable and detailed commandment for using the ashes of an unblemished cow for cleansing those who have come in contact with the dead. Alternatively, scholars and students […]

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Building Bonds, Not Segregation



By Loree B. Resnik Yes, I admit it. I am a woman, the oldest of the baby boomers, who struggled and championed women’s rights in America. I think my adult children and their spouses might secretly like to ask me to “give it up already,” “chill” or however one says such things today. Still, I […]

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Parashah Va-eira



By Rabbi Jack Alan Luxemburg Adonai spoke to Moses, saying:  “Go and tell Pharaoh, King of Egypt, to let the Israelites depart from his land.” But Moses appealed to Adonai, saying: “The Israelites would not listen to me; how then should Pharaoh heed me, a man of impeded speech!” (Exodus 6:10-12) Rabbi Samuel Mohilever (1824-1898) was […]

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Parashat Miketz



By Rabbi Bennett Miller We are in the midst of one of the most powerful episodes in the Torah. The narrative reveals a continuation of the story of Joseph, his brothers, Egypt, and Jacob’s entire family. Few Biblical events have been told with greater human drama. The Joseph story is certainly a Jewish story, for we […]

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The ‘Z’ in ARZA



Numerous news articles have come out in the Forward, New York Times, Jewish Week and Haaretz covering the vote in the UN on upgrading the status of Palestine in the world community. Statements have also been released by URJ and CCAR, with the support of ARZA and ARZA Canada, as well as controversies arising from […]

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“What is Old Make New, What is New Make Holy”



How can one best participate in building the State of Israel? In the long history of the Jewish people, this is a very new question. The question of what is the best way to build or protect Israel has been, and continues to be, at the center of many debates. These debates were present in […]

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