Rabbi Emily Langowitz

Rabbi Emily Langowitz (she/her) is the Jewish Engagement and Learning Manager at the Union for Reform Judaism. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her wife, Meaghan, and their dog, Frank.

Take a Tour of the Torah!

Rabbi Emily Langowitz
Torah usually refers to the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible - Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Running through these stories is the unique lens through which the Jewish people would come to view their world and their God.

Letting our Land Rest: Shmitah and the Release of Expectations

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Emily Langowitz

May 10, 2022
In this week's Torah portion, B'har, we learn God's command that the Israelites must, every seven years, engage in a practice called shmitah. And every seven sets of seven, an ultimate shmitah, called the yovel, or Jubilee, year.

Seeing the Other in Ourselves: Cultivating Empathy Beyond Difference

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Emily Langowitz

April 18, 2022
At some point in its history, the Reform Movement made the ideological choice to change the Torah reading for the afternoon service on Yom Kippur. Jewish tradition assigned the 18th chapter of Leviticus, which details laws around sexual prohibition, among other ways that the Israelites should distinguish themselves from surrounding cultures.