Rabbi Mary Zamore

Rabbi Mary L. Zamore (she/her) is the executive director of the Women’s Rabbinic Network. She is the editor of The Sacred Exchange: Creating a Jewish Money Ethic (CCAR Press, 2019) and The Sacred Table: Creating a Jewish Food Ethic (CCAR Press, 2011), designated a finalist by the National Jewish Book Awards

 

 

Aligning Financial Intent with Accountability

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Mary Zamore

February 24, 2021
This Shabbat, Shabbat HaChodesh (announcing the new month of Nisan), is one of the four specially designated Shabbatot before Passover. In other words, Passover is almost here! Six months ago, we were celebrating the Jewish new year by immersing ourselves in prayer and reflection, especially with cheshbon hanefesh: the accounting...

In Fear, What Will We Choose to Build?

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Mary Zamore

February 19, 2021
As former slaves, the Israelites were no strangers to backbreaking labor to glorify Pharaoh and Egyptian deities. During their transformational journey from Egypt to The Promised Land, the Israelites build two notable structures for their own use. The first, the Mishkan, the portable Tabernacle, was commanded by God, with its...

The Importance of Gracious Receiving

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Mary Zamore

February 1, 2021
At the beginning of my relationship with my husband, I was not always gracious in receiving his gifts because I felt they did not reflect who I am and pointed to his not truly knowing me. In hindsight, I see an earnest young man, a little overwhelmed by the task...

What is Holy to God? Each of Us

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Mary Zamore

January 27, 2021
In the second century, Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai and Rabbi Eliezer, son of Rabbi Yosei, traveled from the Galilee to Rome to plead for the repeal of a royal edict forbidding Shabbat, circumcision, and the laws of ritual purity. While there, the rabbis gained the emperor’s trust by curing his...

The Enslavement of Debt, Then and Now

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Mary Zamore

January 15, 2021
“When you acquire an eved Ivri, Israelite debt servant, that person shall serve six years – and shall go free in the seventh year, without payment” (Exodus 21:2). Parashat Mishpatim begins with commandments governing the relationship between an Israelite master and eved Ivri, a fellow Hebrew who has defaulted on...