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Torah Portion: An Eco Revelation

Parshat Vaera: Exodus 6:2-9:35; Ezekiel 28:25-29:21. Parshat Vaera is the most theological parshah, as God reveals Godself to the world at the burning bush and...

Torah Portion: Journey to Freedom

Parshat Shemot: Exodus 1:1-6:1; Isaiah 27:6-28:13; 29:22-23. We spent the past holiday season drawn in by an array of different lights and stories. Chanukah candles...

Torah Portion: The Power of Forgiveness

Parshat Vayegash: Genesis 44:18-47:27; Ezekiel 37:15-28. In this week’s portion, we have a big reveal. Joseph, moved by his brother Judah’s desire to serve as Joseph’s slave...

Torah Portion: Blessing of Brothers

Parshat Mikketz: Genesis 41:1-44:17; I Kings 3:15-4:1. Friday evening Shabbat dinners overflow with blessings. It’s a wonderful once-a-week opportunity to step back from our busy...

Torah Portion: Everyday ‘Miracles’

Parshat Vayeshev: Genesis 37:1-40:23; Zacharia 2:14-4:7. At this time each year, at the holiday of Chanukah, we read Parshat Vayeshev. The rabbis of old found...

Torah Portion: Pursuing Climate Justice

Parshat Vayishlach: Genesis 32:4-36:43; Obediah 1:1-21. When we have conversations about climate change, it often feels like doom and gloom. Scary facts, worst-case scenarios and...

Torah Portion: Go in Peace

Parshat Vayetze: Genesis 28:10-32:3; Hosea 12:13-14:10. When I started my rabbinic school year in Israel in 2010, my first trip to Jerusalem was spellbinding. My adopted...

Torah Portion: First Families

Parshat Toldot: Genesis 25:19-28:9; Malachi 1:1-2:7. Since I spend part of each day working as a child psychologist, I find the Book of Bereshit, with...

Torah Portion: Of Fathers & Sons

Parshat Vayera: Genesis 18:1-22:24; II Kings 4:1-37. Which of the two major protagonists of the akedah (binding of Isaac) suffered the greater test: the father...

Torah Portion: Of Influence and Power

Parshat Lech Lecha: Genesis 12:1-17:27; Isaiah 40:27-41:16. Our portion opens with the first words of God to Abraham: “Leave your land, your birthplace and your...

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