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Sunday, March 7, 2021

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Judaism

A Bisl Torah — Planting a Seed

One year ago, I was comparing the plagues of the Passover story to the plague of Covid-19.

Unscrolled, Ki Tisa: When the Jews and God Turned Back

Distance and duration are central to this reconciliation narrative.

Megillat Esther: A Love Letter in the Book

It is a letter to the generations — a personal call to the one who feels locked in.

Table for Five: Ki Tisa

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist When the people saw that Moses was late in coming down from the mountain,...

A Bisl Torah — Strength in a Cookie

We continued our annual tradition of baking hamantaschen.

Table for Five: Tetzaveh

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist They will know that I, the Lord, am their God, Who brought them out...

Unscrolled, Parashat Tetzaveh: The Emperor Has No Nose

We are being asked by the Torah to picture. This is no small thing.

Unscrolled: A Rabbinical Student’s Take on Parashat Terumah

For those who seek a philosophically perfect God, this parashah presents a challenge.

A Bisl Torah — Pocket Torah

In the secular world, this weekend brings in a holiday known for love.

Rabbi Joseph Bronner, 97, Leader in Los Angeles and South Africa

Rabbi Joseph Bronner, a distinguished teacher and community leader, died at the age of 97 last month. For many years, Rabbi Bronner taught a weekly...

Table for Five: Terumah

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist And you shall erect the Tabernacle according to its proper manner, as you have...

Haggadot.com Offers Expert Advice as Second Pandemic Passover Approaches

As a second pandemic Passover holiday approaches, Haggadot.com knows there is a dramatically-increased interest in creating innovative Jewish ritual at home.

A Bisl Torah — Let Love In

In the secular world, this weekend brings in a holiday known for love.

Unscrolled: A Rabbinical Student’s Take on Parashat Mishpatim

The bitterness of the actual can make the text quite hard to swallow.

Table for Five: Mishpatim

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a...

A Bisl Torah — A Time for Laughter

Clergy note the coinciding of International Holocaust Remembrance Day and Tu Bishvat, the holiday celebrating the “new year” of the trees.

Unscrolled: A Rabbinical Student’s Take on Parashat Yitro

In forbidding sculpted images, God articulates a vision of the divine that cannot be bound up and kept.

Table for Five: Yitro

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist Honor your father and your mother, in order that your days be lengthened on...

Unscrolled: A Rabbinical Student’s Take on Parashat Beshalach

Like the sea that split before the Israelites, we find ourselves at a point of division, in which ending and beginning tower on either side of us like walls.

A Bisl Torah — The Cries of the Trees

Clergy note the coinciding of International Holocaust Remembrance Day and Tu Bishvat, the holiday celebrating the “new year” of the trees.

Table for Five: Beshalach

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist It came to pass when Pharaoh let the people go, that God did not...

Rabbi Allen I. Freehling, 88

Rabbi Allen I. Freehling, a giant in the Jewish community and a champion of human and civil rights passed away peacefully on January 6,...

A Bisl Torah — What Defines You?

In watching the inauguration, so many of us were captivated by Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. History.

Table for Five: Bo

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist The people picked up their dough when it was not yet leavened, their leftovers...

Gertrude Ann Fox, 92

She was a wonderful spouse, mother, friend and community member.

A Bisl Torah — Are You There, God?

Across the globe, it feels as if we are treading water.

Table for Five: Va’eira

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist So Pharaoh’s heart stiffened and he would not let the Israelites go, just as...

Holocaust Survivor Freda Gleitman Goldstein, 94

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Freda Gleitman Goldstein, born Freda Weinstock, passed away on January 8, 2020 from complications related to Covid-19.

Shechter Finds the Holiness Within the Mundane

This book sheds light on parts of the Jewish tradition that we had not sufficiently appreciated before.

A Bisl Torah — Teach Your Children

As a collective society blessed to live in this beautiful country, what are we teaching our children?

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