Torah

The Violent Passion Of Pinchas

07/07/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candlelighting: 8:10 p.m.
Torah: Num. 25:10-30:1
Haftorah: I Kings 18:46-19:21
Havdalah: 9:18 p.m.

Jill Hausman

The Broken Tablets’ Eternal Message

07/01/2015 - 20:00

On Sunday, July 5, we mark the fast of the 17th of Tammuz. The fast commences a period of mourning of The Three Week, concludes with the fast of Tisha B’Av.

Women Of The Wall Pluck Torah Scroll Across Partition To Women’s Section

04/21/2015 - 20:00

Jerusalem - For the first time in its 26-year history, the feminist prayer group Women of the Wall managed to read from a full-sized Torah scroll Monday (April 20) after one of its members surreptitiously borrowed one from the Western Wall’s men’s section.

Jewish Disability Awareness Month: How To Keep The Message Alive

Last month, many people worked tirelessly to make congregations and communities across our country aware of the capabilities and aspirations of Jews with disabilities. What can we do to transform the message of Jewish disability awareness into meaningful changes that bring us closer to full integration into Jewish life the other eleven months of the year?

Dramatic and widely publicized events have their place, but how long will their message remain effective? The experiences of the Biblical stories of Moses and Elijah remind us that ongoing “small quiet voices” must be heard after the fanfare. Let’s look at some “awareness initiatives” from early Jewish history that can help to guide us.

Rabbi Michael Levy

Eric Garner, Jacob And Esau: The Ethics Of Confrontation

12/08/2014 - 19:00

Editor’s Note: Following is a copy of the sermon Rabbi Weiss delivered at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale on Dec. 6, Parshat Vayishlach:

A Permanent Tear: On The Loss Of A Child

12/07/2014 - 19:00

What does the Torah, our most sacred text, teach us about the traumatic and heart wrenching death: the loss of a child?

Teach Your Children

10/07/2014 - 20:00

Upon learning he is to have a child, Manoah father of Samson, speaks for all parents when he cries out to God, “What shall we do with the child who will be born to us?” (Judges 13:8). Each generation wonders — what is the best way to raise children, and what ought we to be teaching them?

Rabbi David Wolpe

Moses' Greatest Victory

On Thursday night and Friday we will celebrate Simchat Torah. Amid singing and dancing, we complete the reading of the Torah and, without pause, begin the Torah reading cycle again. I have often marveled that, like a massive oak growing from a small seed, our religion has developed from a portable scroll. 

Rabbi Michael Levy

At Berlin Jewish Museum, Robot Writes Torah Scroll

07/14/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

If you’re in Berlin over the next few months, you can watch a Sephardic rabbi with black coat and large black kipa at the city’s Jewish Museum writing a Torah scroll.

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The War Between Weapons And Words

07/14/2014 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat Candles: 8:05 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 30:2-32:42
Haftarah: Jeremiah 1:1-2:3
Havdalah: 9:05 p.m.

This week’s parashah contains one of the most troubling episodes in all of Torah.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
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