Category Archives: Torah Study

Torah: The Jubilee Year — Meshing Human to God and Human to Human Relationships (Behar-Bechukotai 2018)

At the very heart of our tradition is the notion that there is holiness in the world and that we are responsible, accountable, to God, for having such holiness realized.  That the way in which you and I behave in … Continue reading

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Torah: Emor — The Trope

The Trope Emor – Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23 – Click here.

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Torah: It’s About Separation, Not Morality: Rethinking Homosexuality in the Torah — Acharei Mot / Kedoshim 2018

The Torah was given in the desert, to emphasize its universal availability. This is a trope of pluralism, universalism, and tolerance, regardless of who someone has sex with or, for that matter, whether they like eggplant or not. The Trope … Continue reading

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Torah: Words Create Worlds — Tazriyah/Metzorah 2018

Judaism, Rabbi Sacks writes, is less a religion of holy people and holy places than it is a religion of holy words. In my comments on this week’s Torah portion, Tazriyah/Metzorah, I explore how words create worlds. THE TROPE Tazriyah … Continue reading

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Torah Study: Ki Tissa 2018

Jewish law, Judaism itself, does not assume a single, immutable form, rather that there is a covenant between human beings and God to continually co-create this world and to do so together.

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Torah Study: Tetzaveh 2018: Coming to terms with the inherited Priestly caste system in the Torah

In this week’s Torah portion, for the first time in the Torah, we are faced with a social structure that includes a hereditary elite within the Jewish people: Aaron and his male descendants, the priestly caste. “Modern Judaism has a … Continue reading

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Torah Study: Terumah 2018: Seeking Godliness in the Everyday

Terumah: Seeking Godliness in the Everyday  

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Torah Study: Mishpatim 2018: Loving those most difficult to love

Mishpatim: Loving Those Most Difficult to Love  

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Torah Study: Yitro 2018: A Leadership Model for Our Own Time

YITRO: A LEADERSHIP MODEL FOR OUR OWN TIMES  

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Torah Study: Beshalach 2017: Learning to be in Relationship

Beshallach 2017: Learning to Be in Relationship

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