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Rabba Yaffa Epstein

5783/2022

Dvar Torah / Bereishit / Toldot

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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.

Susan Hornstein

5783/2022

Dvar Torah / Bereishit / Chayei Sarah

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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.

Briah Cahana

5783/2023

Dvar Torah / Bereishit / Vayera

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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.

Rabba Sara Hurwitz, in eJewish Philanthropy

November 7, 2022

In the News

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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.

Karolyn Benger

5783/2022

Dvar Torah / Bereishit / Lech Lecha

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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.

Rabbanit Alissa Thomas-Newborn, in eJewish Philanthropy

November 3, 2022

Dvar Torah / Bereishit / Lech Lecha

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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.

Rabba Rachel Kohl Finegold, in eJewish Philanthropy

October 31, 2022

In the News

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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.

Kate Rozansky

2022/5783

Dvar Torah / Bereishit / Noach

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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.

Rabba Sara Hurwtitz, in eJewish Philanthropy

October 27, 2022

Dvar Torah / Bereishit / Noach

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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.

Rabbi Jeffrey Fox, in Sacred Spaces

October 26, 2022

Dvar Torah

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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.