Torah Portion

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Care for All Fellow Jews Like Family

By Rabbi Daniel Levitt Parshat Vayechi The Torah portion that closes the first book of the Torah signals the end of an era, and it has...
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Standing up and Saying Who We Are

By Rabbi Jason Bonder Parshat Vayigash The power of the Hebrew language never ceases to amaze me. Part of its immense beauty comes from its roots....
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Chanukah Lights Push Away Darkness

By Rabbi Jon Cutler Parshat Miketz “Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon; and he shaved himself, and...
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23andme Meets #MeToo

By Rabbi Gila Ruskin Parshat Vayeshev Living in the 23andme era, when a little bit of saliva can reveal the secrets of our DNA connections to...
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Wrestling and Prevailing

By Rabbi Kelilah Miller Parshat Vayishlach In the parshah this week, we read one of the most enigmatic (and most often-referenced) passages in the Book of...
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Jewish Karma?

By Rabbi Nathan Martin Parshat Vayeitzei In this week’s parshah, we encounter the famous episode where Jacob, on the run from having deceived his brother out...
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Struggling With Masculinity

By Rabbi Gregory Marx Parshat Toldot Most Biblical commentators interpret the conflict between Jacob and Essau in Parshat Toldot as the perennial struggle between nations. Israel then...
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Fulfilling Our Birthright as Jews

By Rabbi Daniel Levitt Parshat Chayei Sarah Picture this: You work for an incredibly influential, powerful and famous family. Your boss has met with world leaders,...
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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...