Jo-Ellen Unger

Jo-Ellen Unger is the founding director of URJ 6 Points Creative Arts Academy in Westchester, PA. She earned a master of arts in religious education from HUC-JIR.

How Can Social Isolation Lead to Illumination?

D'Var Torah By: Cantor David Berger

April 27, 2020
The following story from the Talmud helps us reflect on Parashat Emor: Elijah the prophet felt conflicted about his job that day. He just knew that it wouldn’t go well, so he tried everything to get away from it. “It’s been 12 years,” said God, “Genug! (enough!) We have to tell him he can come out.” Elijah disagreed. Bar Yochai made him nervous. So much power in such a temperamental vessel was just dangerous. Still, maybe God was right. Twelve years in a cave is a long time and maybe people really can change. Or maybe not.