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On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah - Shof’tim: Demanding Justice
At the core of being Jewish is a fundamental demand for justice. Demanding justice involves asking others to work toward a more just world, but it also involves asking ourselves to do that work.
On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah - Ki Teitzei: The Morality of War
Ki Teitzei translates to “when you go out,” but it doesn’t mean going out to dinner or the movies.
On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah - Ki Tavo: Spiritual Centering
Hasket, which translates to silence or stillness, is a word that appears in the Torah only once, during this week's Parasha, Ki Tavo.
On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah - Lech L'cha: How to Be a Hero
Parashat Lech L’cha tells us the story of the very beginning of Jewish history, when God says to Abraham and Sarah that they are to “go forth” and begin the story of Jewish commitment.
Stories We Tell: Why Noah Chose the Dove
As the Great Flood was approaching, animals lined up to make their case to Noah about why they should get a spot on the ark: strength, size, cleverness, skill… listen to this story by Rabbi Mark Dov Shapiro to see why Noah chose the Dove.
Wholly Jewish: Everlyn: Bring Your Whole Self to Everything
In this episode: Meet Everlyn Hunter, a west-coast psychologist who is insightful and honest, refreshingly real, and ready to stand-up and claim all of her "ands".
Stories We Tell: The Laughing Rabbi
Have you ever been so overwhelmed with a feeling that you just have to laugh? Have you ever experienced a situation where you thought you knew what was happening, and then realized you didn’t? Listen to this story by Michelle Shapiro Abraham to find out why the rabbi laughed, and what his students learned.
Stories We Tell: The Two Who Studied Torah
Aaron and David love studying Torah, and even want it to be their livelihood. But a truth-telling rabbi may send them down a different path. Join Rabbi Leora Kaye as she tells a story which reminds us that we can sometimes reach our dream destination by traversing an unexpected path.
Stories We Tell: How To Fix The World
We all want to make the world a little better, but as it turns out, it’s not always easy. Join Aliza Greenberg, as she tells the tale of Abigail and Ella, two women who try, try and try again, to make the world perfect, in their own eyes.
Stories We Tell: The Window Box
A woman, walking with her wife around Manhattan, hears a cricket. How could she have heard a cricket among all of the New York City noise? Cantor Rosalie Boxt, URJ Director of Worship tells the story. For a written version of this story, by Rabbi David E. Stern, read Three Times Chai: 54 Rabbis Tell Their Favorite Stories edited by Laney Katz Becker.