Tuesday, September 29, 2020



Table for Five: Yom Kippur

One voice, five verses. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist Seven days prior to Yom Kippur the Sages would remove the High Priest from...

Sing it to us Mo! — A Poem for Torah portion Ha’azinu

Remember the days of old; reflect upon 
the years of generations I’m as nostalgic as they come. I remember walking around my high school during the first...

Thanks for Listening

May this High Holy Days season be one of meaningful prayer, engaging lessons, poignant revelation and strong connections.

Judaism Is for Nonbelievers, Too

Because of Judaism, our story is as big as our people, encompassing all of our values and aspirations from generation to generation.

The Orchestra: Thoughts on the Last Shabbat of 5780

I have experienced a much-divided self lately as I have been thinking about the sovereignty of the Divine, the core theme of Rosh Hashanah....

Table for Five: Nitzavim-Vayelech

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist And all the nations will ask, “Why did the Lord do thus to this...

They’re Circumcising Hearts Now: A Poem for Torah Portion Nitzavim-Vayelech

And the Lord, your God, will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring My first thought, and you’ll forgive me everyone who cringes when even...

Table for Five: Ki Tavo

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist I led you through the wilderness for forty years; the clothes on your back...

People Have to Eat Every Day — A Poem for Torah Portion Ki Tavo

in the third year, the year of the tithe, you shall give to the Levite, the stranger, the orphan, and the widow, so that...

Table for Five: Ki Teitzei

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist If you see your brother’s ox or sheep gone astray, do not ignore it;...

That’s Not Your Ass: A Poem for Torah Portion Ki Teitzei

You shall not see your brother's ox or sheep straying, and ignore them. you shall return them to your brother. I’ve been dreaming of oxen...

Table for Five: Shoftim

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist You shall set up judges and law enforcement officials for yourself in all your cities...

Obligations for a New King: A Poem for Torah Portion Shoftim

I will set a king over myself, like all the nations around me Pick a king from amongst your brothers. How you define brother is up...

No Animals Were Harmed in the Writing of This Poem – a poem for Torah portion Re’eh

you may eat meat, according to every desire of your soul. Hello! Vegetarian poet speaking. I’m here to tell you my soul is conflicted about its many...

What Midrash Can Teach Us About Our Current Social and Political Turmoil

There is a lot to be learned from the margins, and from the spaces and silences between words and sentences.

The Life and Legacy of Torah Scholar and Prolific Author Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz

Steinsaltz was perhaps best known for his groundbreaking commentary of the  Babylonian Talmud, which is credited with making the ancient Jewish texts more accessible.

Cherish the Small Comforts that Bring Your Joy in an Unsettled World

But to brace ourselves for the ongoing struggle, we must find those comforts that nourish, replenish and restore. 

Table for Five: Eikev

And it will be, because you will heed these ordinances and keep them and perform, that the Lord, your God, will keep for you the covenant and the kindness that He swore to your forefathers.

Words are All We’ve Got: A Poem for Torah Portion Eikev

Beware that you do not forget the Lord, your God… …who fed you manna in the desert I think this is what Joni Mitchell had in...

Table for Five: Va’etchanan

It is enough for you. Speak to Me no more regarding this matter. Go up to the top of the hill and lift up your eyes westward and northward and southward and eastward and see with your eyes, for you shall not cross this Jordan.

My Holy GPS: A Poem for Torah Portion Va’etchanan

But beware and watch yourself very well, lest you forget the things that your eyes saw These are things I saw – A set of ancient words...

Seekers of Truth Among the Ruins – Thoughts on the Shabbat Before the 9th of Av (Parshat Devarim)

Seekers of Truth Among the Ruins Thoughts on the Sabbath Before the 9th of Av (Parshat Devarim) Well-being is within your reach. We’ve all had...

Table for Five: Devarim

How can I bear unaided the trouble of you, and the burden, and the bickering!- Deuteronomy 1:12

What it Takes: A Poem for Torah Portion Devarim

How can I bear your trouble, your burden, and your strife all by myself? It takes a village It takes a shtetl It takes two or more It...

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parshat Devarim Collection

Parashat Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22) is the first portion from the book of Deuteronomy. In this parsha, Moses begins his review of the story of...

Table for Five: Matot-Masei

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist You shall provide yourselves with places to serve you as cities of refuge to...

Bus Bench Lessons – a poem for Torah Portion Matot-Masei

And all the young girls who have no experience of intimate relations with a man, you may keep alive for yourselves. This was Moses speaking Not the...

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Matot-Masei with Rabbi Jessica Locketz

Rabbi Jessica E. Locketz is the rabbi and director of education of Temple Emanuel, in Pittsburgh, Pa. Rabbi Locketz oversees family and youth programming,...

Do You Like Your Name?

What kind of name do you hope to gain in this world? Are you known as a leader, thinker, doer, source of compassion, gossiper,...


It’s always nice to see a project through to the end. Especially one you’ve been working on for forty years, a lifetime really, though back then...

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