Rabbi Elyse Frishman

Rabbi Elyse Frishman is rabbi emerita of The Barnert Temple in Franklin Lakes, NJ, and editor of Mishkan T’filah, the newest Reform prayer book.

Thwarting Evil, Saving Lives

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Elyse Frishman

June 12, 2015
The narrative of Parashat Pinchas is disturbing: the grandson of the High Priest Aaron slew two people, and was rewarded. Was he a zealot or not? He took lives.

A Bag of Bones, Beauty, and Blessing

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Elyse Frishman

May 22, 2015
On the day that the Mishkan was fully erected, the princely chieftains were instructed to bring identical tribal offerings to the Mishkan (Numbers 7:10).

Surviving an Economic Wilderness

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Elyse Frishman

May 22, 2015
With Shavuot coming, we begin a new book of Torah, the Book of Numbers, B'midbar. Contrasting Vayikra and B'midbar, the former focuses on how to live in holy ways, whereas B'midbar is filled with confrontation. Vayikra describes what would take place within the Mishkan, providing opportunities for spiritual cleansing and elevation including the most personal details of life.