Stories We Tell: Chaim's Heart
Stories We Tell: Sparks of Light
Stories We Tell: The Importance of an Etrog (Etrog as Big as a Horse)
On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah -- Ki Tisa: Stand Up and Be Counted
Stand up and be counted. In this parashah, a census is taken. To be counted, you must give half a shekel. From this, we learn that while all must contribute to the community, each and every one of us is also individually important, both alone and as a member of the Jewish people.
Stories We Tell: Do You See the Big Picture?
Stories We Tell: The Spoonful of Oil
On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah – Yitro: Breaking Down Labels
This week’s Torah portion, Parashat Yitro, is named for the Midianite Priest, Jethro, and depicts his first encounter with Moses in the desert. The two forge a relationship despite their different faiths and ethnicities, and Moses ends up marrying his daughter, Tziporah.
On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah – B'Shalach: Remembering Debbie Friedman z"l on Shabbat Shira
This week’s Torah portion, Parashat B’shalach, is read on Shabbat Shira, the Shabbat of Song.
On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah – Vayak'heil: How Do We Build Our Communities?
Constructing the Miskhan brings us to ask - how can we build our communities? What do we need besides a synagogue space in order to engender a communal environment? Even something as simple as seating makes all the difference.
Three ways to listen:
On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah – Bo: What is Lost in Translation
In Parashat Bo, we learn about the last three of the plagues that are visited upon the Pharaoh of Egypt. Rabbi Rick Jacobs focuses on the plague of darkness, and examines how the translations of the ancient Hebrew by Robert Alter allow us to glean new meanings from this portion.