Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, PhD

Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, PhD is the rabbinic director of the Union for Reform Judaism’s East Geographic Congregational Network.

The Politics of Just Protest

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, PhD

June 12, 2015
This is one of a few select parashiyot coveted by bat mitzvah girls, by adult b'not mitzvah , and by all who seek opportunities to learn more about the role of women in Torah.

How Does a Passover Seder Prepare Us for Yom Kippur?

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, PhD

April 24, 2015
Every year at the time that we celebrate Passover, Jews read this week's Torah portion, Acharei Mot. What is the connection between Acharei Mot and the Passover ritual that coincides with the reading of this portion?

Alien Fire

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, PhD

March 24, 2015
The very title of this parashah warns us that something is different, for it begins with a surprising phrase: "On the eighth day [Va-y'hi bayom hashmini ] Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel" (Leviticus 9:1).

Where Will God Live?

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, PhD

March 4, 2015
Exodus began with birth in a time of death, when God appeared as midwives'hands and as a path through raging waters. And then Moses became God's mouth, and the rabble became a people.