D’var Torah; Parshat Toldot; Parashah; Autonomy; Favorite; Legacy; Nature; Parenting; Psychology; Rabbi Samson Rafael Hirsch; Relationships; Tanakh; Trauma; Unity; Value
The twin brothers, so different in nature, were not destined to be enemies. Rabba Yaffa Epstein instead analyzes the ways in which our trauma shapes our relationships and how we can overcome our barriers.
D’var Torah; Parshat Chayei Sarah; Parashah; Acceptance; Characterization; Death; Growth; Kindness; Legacy; Life; Midrash; Parenting; Protection; Relationships; Talmud; Tanakh; Women in Tanakh
The impact of being raised by Avraham and Sarah shaped Yitzchak and his wife Rivka. Susan Hornstein contemplates the ways that the character traits were passed through in the legacy.
D’var Torah; Parshat Vayera; Parashah; Akeidah; Faith; God; Justice; Passion; Prayer; Rashi; Relationships; Social justice; Tanakh
The interactions between God and Avraham come off as impetuous when Avraham accuses God of failing to serve justice. Briah Cahana evaluates the true lessons being taught and what it means to pray even when the answer is no.
November 7, 2022
Article; Community; Drisha; Equity; Feminism; JOFA; Leadership; Partnership; Women Rabbis; Worldwide; Writing; Yeshivat Chovevei Torah
Over the course of Yeshivat Maharat’s fourteen years, great strides have been made in the field of Orthodox feminism. Rabba Sara Hurwitz sums up the many accomplishments of Maharat, from partnerships to programs.
D’var Torah; Parshat Lech Lecha; Parashah; Broadway; Devotion; Identity; Love; Music; Name; Public; Relationships; Tanakh
The renaming process marks Avraham and Sarah as devoted to God. Karolyn Benger explores what determines an identity, and what a loving relationship says about how we build our own identities.
November 3, 2022
D’var Torah; Parshat Lech Lecha; Parashah; Chassidut; Comfort; Generosity; Growth; Journey; Legacy; Or HaChayim; Tanakh; Zohar
The call to go forth is a call beyond the physical journey. Rabbanit Alissa Thomas Newborn explores the call to grow, to be generous, and to have more faith.
October 31, 2022
Article; Creativity; Journey; Leadership; Mental health; Performance; Public; Stress; Theater; Women Rabbis
Being a Rabbi means living in the spotlight and constantly needing to present a case. Rabba Rachel Kohl Finegold analyzes the way this impacts the mental health of the rabbinate, for better or for worse.
D’var Torah; Parshat Noach; Parashah; Comparative texts; Creativity; Evil; Good; Midrash; Nature; Perspective; Resilience; Righteous; Silence; Tanakh; Worldwide
The destruction of the world in Parshat Noach parallels the destruction of a family in Sefer Iyov. Kate Rozansky considers the ways resilience and silence coexist in the two narratives.
October 27, 2022
D’var Torah; Parshat Noach; Parashah; Building; Community; Family; Goal; Journey; Midrash; Mindfulness; Peace; Tanakh
When in community, we can value working in harmony or prioritize our actions over the people carrying them out. Rabba Sara Hurwitz reflects upon what went wrong in the Tower of Bavel story.
October 26, 2022
D’var Torah; Source sheet; Abuse; Autonomy; Consent; Family; God; Love; Nation; Psychology; Relationships; Sexuality; Support; Talmud; Tanakh
The parameters of consent are defined twice in depth throughout Judaic thought. Rabbi Jeffrey Fox explores what it means to consent to religious devotion and to a sexual partner in the eyes of the sources.