Posts Tagged: ARZA

Shaping Israel’s Soul is Up to Us



by Rabbi Bennett Miller Earlier this month, Jews the world over poured into synagogues to “afflict our souls” on the holy day of Yom Kippur – to search within ourselves to atone, forgive, and ultimately emerge renewed. K’lal Yisrael (the community of Israel) is afflicting its own soul right now, too. Both real and existential […]

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Reform Jewish Movement Mourns the Deaths of Murdered Israeli Teens



News broke a few hours ago that Israeli officials had discovered the bodies of missing Israeli teens Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrach. Our hearts are broken by this devastating development. Reform Movement voices from around the world have expressed their sadness at today’s news. To read statements from various entities within our Movement, […]

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NFTY at 75 – Think Big



By Rabbi Josh Weinberg A Jew who participates in the suffering of his nation and its fate, but does not join in its destiny, which is expressed in a life of Torah and mitzvot, destroys the essence of Judaism and injures his own uniqueness. By the same token, a Jew who is observant but does […]

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10 Years of Ten Minutes of Torah

The state of Israel in America (Part 1 of 3)



By Rabbi Josh Weinberg My heart is in the East by Yehuda HaLevy (Toledo, Spain  1085 – 1140) My heart is in the East, and I am at the ends of the West; How can I taste what I eat and how could it be pleasing to me? How shall I render my vows and […]

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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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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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10 Years of Ten Minutes of Torah

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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10 Years of Ten Minutes of Torah

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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Yom Kippur Reflections



By Barbara Kavadias This Shabbat, we will celebrate the Shabbat of Shabbatot, Yom Kippur. The Torah portion for Yom Kippur focuses on rituals in the desert during the Exodus. It goes into great detail about the sacrifices that must be performed – purification rituals for Aaron, for the Mishkan, and for the people, as well […]

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Ki Teitzei, Ethics, and Israel



I think that Parashat Ki Teitzei is one of those Torah portions that particularly resonates with Progressive Jews.  It is fittingly placed in Elul, the month before the High Holidays.  The portion is filled with the basic ethics of how we treat our fellow human beings, such as: Do not withhold wages even to those […]

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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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