Torah Portion

Yitzhak Rabin

Yitzhak Rabin 24 Years Later

Parshat Vayera By Rabbi Barry Blum “And Abraham stretched his hand, and took the knife to slay his son, Yitzhak. The angel of the Lord called...
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Continuity and Change on Our Soul Journeys

By Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit Parshat Lech Lecha Dedicated to the all the sacred work of mesnchwork.org and my father Lester, on his journey with Alzheimer’s...
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The Distraction Generation

By Rabbi Jason Bonder Parshat Noach There is a character in the 2009 Walt Disney film “Up” named Dug. Dug is a dog who wears a...
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Reflecting the Divine Image

By Rabbi Fred V. Davidow Parshat Bereshit Bereshit contains the well-known verse: “So God created the human beings in (the divine) image, creating (them) in the...
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Why Do We Sit in the Sukkah?

By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Sukkot “You shall dwell in booths for seven days… So that your generations will know that I caused the children of Israel...
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What Forms the Rocks of Life?

By Rabbi Joshua Waxman Parshat Ha’azinu A podcast by political reporters that I regularly listen to recently found the contributors stepping back and reflecting on this...
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Who Wrote the Torah? The Answer Doesn’t Impact Value

By Rabbi Peter Rigler Parshat Vayalech “Moses wrote down this Torah and gave it to the Priests, sons of Levi, who carried the Ark of the...
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The Torah Is Not in Heaven

By Rabbi Eli Freedman Parshat Nitzavim As the month of Elul comes to a close and we prepare to enter our New Year of 5780, we...
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A Call for Civic and Civil Dialogue

By Rabbi Gregory S. Marx Parshat Ki Tavo We all know the truth. Our country is in a terrible moral crisis. Not only are we attacking...
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Knowing Right Versus Wrong

By Rabbi Eric Yanoff Parshat Ki Teitzei Early in my career as a rabbi, I happened upon someone in my former congregation eating at an outdoor...