Posts Tagged: ARZA
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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Jerusalem District Court Rules on Women of the Wall



Leaders of the Reform Movement issued a statement today about a recent ruling from the Jerusalem District Court that determined that recent detention of Women of the Wall members for their activities at the Western Wall was unjustified and for denying local police requests for restraining orders against the group. Haaretz has more on the […]

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Israel Turns 65: Special Yom Ha’atzmaut Live Broadcast



Celebrate Israel’s birthday with the Reform Movement! You’re invited to join friends from across the world for a special celebration of Israel’s 65th Birthday, broadcast live from Kehillat Yozma in Modi’in, Israel. On Monday, April 15th, ARZA and the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism will host a special online “Havdalah” ceremony to mark the conclusion […]

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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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A Quick Report on Reform Jewish Life in Israel



Awesome news! Last week, the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) and ARZA, the Association for Reform Zionists of America, announced that there are now 40 Reform Jewish congregations in Israel. New Reform communities in Megiddo, Gilboa, Shoham, Kibbutz Beit HaShitta, the Arava and Caesaria have begun meeting for prayer, study and activities, […]

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Our Kehilah is a Vineyard



by Susan Fritsch Cohen The following poem was written by Susan Fritsch Cohen on a recent trip to Israel with Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation. Of the trip, Susan said, “Our congregational trip had a transformative effect on me – it solidified my connection with Israel and with the community I traveled with, and that inspired me […]

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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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Reform Movement Dismayed by Continued Religious Discrimination in Israel



Last Friday morning, Israeli police detained four women as they prayed at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The group of 138 men and women was organized by Women of the Wall, an organization that fights for women’s right to pray freely, while donning prayer shawls and other religious articles, at the Western Wall. Among those […]

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