Dr. Carol Ochs

Dr. Carol Ochs retired as Director of Graduate Studies and Adjunct Professor of Jewish Religious Thought at HUC-JIR in New York in 2009. She is the author of eight books, including four—Women and Spirituality, Jewish Spiritual Guidance, Our Lives as Torah, and Reaching Godward—that are currently in print.

The Sacrifice of Drawing Closer

D'Var Torah By: Dr. Carol Ochs

The portion Tzav in Leviticus describes the rituals of the burnt offering, the meal offering, the reparation offering, and the offering of well-being.

A Road Map

D'Var Torah By: Dr. Carol Ochs

Hardly a day goes by that we don't see, hear, or read about the Ten Commandments.

Sarah's Obituary

D'Var Torah By: Dr. Carol Ochs

In an ironic twist, the portion dealing with the death of Sarah is called Chayei Sarah, "The Life of Sarah," but on second thought, it is not really so strange.

Shabbat Shuvah! "Be Strong and Resolute"

D'Var Torah By: Dr. Carol Ochs

In Vayeilech, the shortest portion in the Torah, Moses tells the people that he will not be leading them into the Land of Israel, per God's instruction; instead, Joshua will lead them (Deuteronomy 31:1-3).