Debbie Niederman

Debbie Niederman, RJE, is the associate director of the Union for Reform Judaism's Leadership Institute.

Our True Passion

D'Var Torah By: Debbie Niederman

Focal Point Adonai spoke to Moses, saying, "Phinehas, son of Eleazar son of Aaron the priest, has turned back My wrath from the Israelites by displaying among them his passion for Me, so that I did not wipe out the Israelite people in My passion." (Numbers 25:10-11) D'var Torah Parashat

Reading an Ancient Practice

D'Var Torah By: William Cutter

Is Tazria a parashah that indexes Jewish connections between purity and community health? Jackie Mason might say that the Jewish fixation with health originated in this parashah: You begin with a spot on your skin, and you wind up with a bad back!

Ethics versus Ritual

D'Var Torah By: Evan Moffic

One of the great modern teachers of Judaism, Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf, zichrono livrachah,urged Reform Jews to ritualize the ethical and ethicize the ritual. Rabbi Wolf's point was that Jewish tradition does not differentiate between ethical and ritual law.