Torah

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

The “Ordinary Man” From The Tribe Of Dan: Inspired By Torah Portion Pinchas

Part One

Time:  About 2245 on the Jewish calendar (3500 years ago.)
Place:  Hebron, Israel

Poor Dan!

Eleven of Jacob’s twelve sons had two or more children.  Benjamin had ten!

The twelfth son, Dan, had one son, Chushim, who was deaf.  Like many parents today, Dan might have worried, “What will be the future of my disabled child?”
 
The phrase “special needs child” hadn’t been invented yet.  On his own, Chushim, trying to be ordinary, would communicate “What’s going on?” when he didn’t understand a situation.

Rabbi Michael Levy

What Bruce Springsteen Can Teach Us About Tikkun Olam

01/26/2014 - 19:00

The term Tikkun Olam, translated as repairing or improving the world, has become today a shorthand phrase for social justice, endorsed by elected officials (President Obama and House Leader Eric Cantor to name just two) and a plethora of Jewish organizations.

Rebooting The Bible To A Hip Beat

10/08/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

When Roger Bennett offered 54 accomplished young writers and artists a chance to comment on a portion of the Torah, each of them “leaped at the opportunity, like Michelangelo painting the Sistine chapel.” It all began at a networking event for Reboot, a Jewish outreach organization Bennett co-founded in 2002.

Contributors each reimagine one of the 54 sections of the Torah in "Unscrolled: 54 Writers and Artists Wrestle with the Torah."

Guarding The Public Trust

06/06/2013 - 20:00

The more things change, the more they stay the same…

Though the Torah is, by anyone’s definition, an ancient document, its “cast of characters,” if you will, often portray sensitivities that are strikingly relevant to contemporary concerns.   One area in particular in which this is evident is in the responsibility of those in leadership positions to be worthy of the trust that others put in them, particularly with regard to fiduciary duty.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.
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