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Voices for WRJ: Parashat Vayak’heil-Pekudei

by Helene H. Waranch This week we read the last two portions of Exodus: Vayak’heil and Pekudai. The Israelites have received the second set of the Ten Commandments and Adonai now believes they are ready to build the Tabernacle, the portal sanctuary for worship.

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Voices for WRJ: Parashat T’tzaveh

by Lyn Feldman This week’s Torah portion, T’tzaveh, talks about the construction of the priestly garments, particularly the clothing of the high priest Aaron, that are to be worn in the Tabernacle. The parashah also describes the ordination of the priests, a necessary step before the Tabernacle can start to function, and discusses the sacrifices […]

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Voices for WRJ: Parashat Yitro

by Janet Buckstein This week’s Torah portion is Yitro, Exodus 18:1-20:23. Personally, this parashah has always been one of my favorites. Just think about what is happening: First, Moses’ father- in-law Jethro (Yitro) advises Moses to delegate. Who among us, as sisterhood leaders, has not seen the advantages to delegation as a way to reduce […]

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Voices for WRJ: Parashat B’shalach

by Rabbi Avi Schulman The Torah depicts the extreme peril our ancestors faced when they left Egypt. Gathered at the shores of the Sea of Reeds with Pharaoh’s army bearing down on them, God performed a miracle by splitting the sea in two. The Israelites crossed over on dry land and then saw their foes […]

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Voices for WRJ: Parashat Bo

by Jane Oppenheim Signs from God are featured in Parashat Bo – Plagues, marvels, wonders to know – With themes of God’s omnipotence, And of God’s remembrance. The locusts, the darkness, of Biblical days Are manifestly contemporary – in so many ways.

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Voices for WRJ: Parashat Va-eira

by Ellen Petracco The second reading from the book of Exodus and fourteenth reading from the Torah is named Va’eira, which means “And I appeared.” The title comes from the first words of the second verse of the reading, which says, “And I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God Almighty (Exodus 6:3).” The […]

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Voices for WRJ: Parashat Sh’mot

by Adrian Modansky Good wishes for a healthy and happy 2013! Aren’t we fortunate to be able to celebrate two new years? We have the opportunity to make two new beginnings!

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Voices for WRJ: Parashat Va-y’chi

by Connie Kreshtool This week’s Torah portion Va-y’chi (“and he lived”) concludes the Book of Genesis and relates the final years and death of Jacob, the last of the patriarchs.  After living in Egypt for 17 years, Jacob realizes that he will soon die and tells Joseph that he wishes to be buried with his […]

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Voices of WRJ: Parashat Vayigash

by Rabbi Stanley M. Davids It will happen precisely at 6:12 a.m. today: The Winter Solstice. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, this will be the earliest start of the winter season since 1896! The sun’s path is at its southernmost point, and things are going to get a lot colder before the spring warm-up […]

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Intermarriage Makes a Better Jew and Jewish Professional

My name is Rachel Jurisz-Singh. Some of you know me by the name I use professionally – Jurisz – which is actually my maiden name. Yes, I am intermarried and my family is interracial too. Growing up I never thought I would choose to marry outside of my faith. I was always involved in my […]

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