Moses

Shemot: A Name Carries Pride Of Self, But A Label Is Imposed

The middle book of the Torah is called Exodus in English and Shemot (Names) in Hebrew.  Names play a crucial role in Torah language and thought.  When God gives Adam responsibility for keeping the earth safe, Adam’s first responsibility is to name the creatures of the world, and in that way, connect with them. Know their names and not their skills.

Shemot: Compassion Trumps Charisma When God Chooses A Leader

Thirty-two centuries before Time Magazine began selecting "Person of the Year," God chose the "The Person Of the Millennium." His name was Moses.

Rabbi Michael Levy

In The Name of Joshua And Caleb: Perception Does Not Have To Be Reality

Tisha b'Av commemorates the destruction of both the First and Second Jerusalem Temples. Our sages explain that the seeds of these tragedies took root during a much earlier event (Talmud Tractate Ta-anit, 29A).

Rabbi Michael Levy

The 10 Commandments Of Politics For People With Disabilities

President Barack Obama is in Israel. Our television screens are re-running Charleston Heston’s “Ten Commandments” and we are cleaning our kitchens for Seders. Soon, even Obama will celebrate Passover with Jewish members of his staff. It’s the perfect time to learn lessons from the original disability activist -- Moses -- on how to impact public policy.

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Where Moses Failed: A Drash On Disability

Two weeks ago, we read the portion Zahor, in which we remember what Amalek did to us, attacking the weakest elements of our people when they were most vulnerable. This past week, we read the portion Ki Tissa, and how the shattered tablets of the Ten Commandments were not discarded or buried. Rather, they were placed with respect into the Ark, alongside the new set of Tablets. What is the connection?

Rabbi Daniel Grossman

My God Problem

My 8-year-old daughter and I are having a little bit of a God problem lately.

It’s not that we’re unsure whether or not to believe in him; I’m satisfied with leaving it unresolved by being agnostic, and Ellie’s OK with that as well.
It’s not even the “why do bad things happen to good people” issue, because, while the world is outrageously unfair, I don’t think God, if he exists, is micro-managing the daily lives of the world’s almost seven billion people.

Vilification Has No Place In Debates On Israel

03/27/2012
Special To the Jewish Week

When our Brooklyn synagogue recently hosted two former State Department veterans, Elliot Abrams and Robert Malley, a few congregants and even a local merchant objected to our having invited Mr. Abrams, a known “war criminal.”  

Similarly, when our synagogue hosted Columbia professor Rashid Khalidi, a Palestinian academic, others claimed our pulpit now had “Jewish blood on its hands.”  Another congregant asked, “How can you invite Malley?  He and the president hate Jews.”

Rabbi Andy Bachman is senior rabbi at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn.

The Consolation Of The Land

07/20/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:

Shabbat candles: 8:03 p.m.

Torah reading: Deut. 3:23-7:11

Haftarah: Isaiah 40:1-26

Shabbat ends: 9:07 p.m.

 

 

Ellen Bernstein
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