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Jamie Schwartz

2022/5782

Dvar Torah / Devarim / Ki Tavo

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Susan Hornstein

2022/5782

Dvar Torah / Devarim / Ki Tetze

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D’var Torah; Parshat Ki Tetze; Parashah; Chatam Sofer; Community; Egypt; Journey; Lashon hara; Memory; Rashi; Shabbat; Speech; Tanakh

The commandment to remember appears in many places, from Shabbat to Miriam to Egypt. Susan Hornstein reflects on what it means to have been on the journey and to rely on community.

Naima Hirsch Gelman

2022/5782

Dvar Torah / Devarim / Shoftim

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D’var Torah; Parshat Shoftim; Parashah; Democracy; Education; History; Judgment; Legality; Mercy; Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks; Social justice; Tanakh; Values

As a woman balancing her political and Jewish values, it can feel like the two are in disparate worlds. Naima Hirsch Gelman writes about the ways Torah encourages social justice and democracy.

Rabbi Alana Suskin

2022/5782

Dvar Torah / Devarim / Re'eh

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D’var Torah; Parshat Re’eh; Parashah; Chassidut; Comics; Faith; Family; Friendship; Kedushat Levi; Leadership; Love; Tanakh; Trust

The idea of losing faith in a loved one is hard to grapple with. Rabbi Alana Suskin contrasts the story of a public figure and a family member leading one astray.

Meytal Blumenthal-Gordon

2022/5782

Dvar Torah / Devarim / Ekev

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D’var Torah; Parshat Eikev; Parashah; Bat mitzvah; Feelings; Hearing; Mitzvah; Prayer; Prophecy; Rambam; Senses; Talmud; Tanakh

Hearing is one of the few senses which appears in many places throughout Judaic texts. In a season of prayer, Meytal Blumenthal-Gordon writes about the beauty of hearing and the power of listening to the almost prophetic voice of the shaliach tzibbur.

Rabba Yaffa Epstein and Rabbi David Wolpe, in Sapir Journal

August 9, 2022

Dvar Torah

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D’var Torah; Chatam Sofer; Community; History; Incentive; Individual; Jewish life; Mishnah; Money; Psychology; Questions; Rambam; Shul; Shulchan Aruch; Talmud; Torah study

The Sapir Journal invites Rabba Yaffa Epstein and Rabbi David Wolpe to kick off a new series of Jewish life’s ethical dilemmas. From paying individuals to learn Torah to disrupting the power given to a shul, the two reflect upon Rabbinic and modern views behind some of Judaism’s oldest practices.

GETToutUK Contributors, in GETToutUK

2022/5782

Dvar Torah / Holidays / Tisha B'Av

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D’var Torah; Fast days; Tisha B’Av; Abuse; Agunot; Beit Din; Emotions; Essay; Gett; Poetry; Power; Struggle

In a heartrending compilation of poems and essays from agunot, GETToutUK provides a voice to those experiencing their own churban today through gett refusal.

Daniela Cohen, in eJewishPhilanthropy

August 5, 2022

In the News

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Rabbi Marianne Novak; Article; A Mitzvah to Eat; Comfort; Community; Education; Fast days; Food; Health; Social media; Support; Torah study

Up-and-coming organization A Mitzvah to Eat seeks to provide education and comfort to those who cannot fast. eJewishPhilanthropy interviews those involved, from the founders to the rabbinic team, to see how the process works.

Talia Weisberg

2022/5782

Dvar Torah / Devarim / Devarim

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D’var Torah; Parshat Devarim; Parashah; Animals; Bees; Contrasts; Israel; Midrash; Tanakh; Torah study

The opening of Devarim comes tied to a fascinating midrash which likens B’nei Yisrael to bees. Talia Weisberg examines how this parallel might explain the eternal survival of the Jewish nation, following a sweet but stinging Torah.

Nomi Kaltmann, in Tablet Magazine

August 4, 2022

In the News

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Article; Fast days; Tisha B’Av; Australia; Calendar; Community; Connection; Destruction; Feelings; Meaning; Mentality

As the northern hemisphere struggles through oppressive heat and long hours of fasting, Australia commemorates the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash on a winter day. Nomi Kaltmann reaches out to Jews across the southern hemisphere to see how different communities connect despite feelings of disconnect.