Related Blog Posts on Torah Study

Leading Torah Study and Framing the Message

Rabbi Jeremy Weisblatt
August 11, 2016

What does it mean to lead a Torah study? When we sit with congregants, friends, are guests in different communities, what is it we are doing when we are given the honor to lead a Torah study? 

How Honoring My Mother's Memory Keeps Her Spirit Alive

Sharon Mann
August 1, 2016

I think of my mother, Ann (Chana) of blessed memory, every day. As the yahrzeit (anniversary) of her death approaches, however, more and more, my thoughts focus on her. This year will mark 22 years since she passed away and I feel the need to honor her memory in a special manner that will be meaningful to me.

At this point in my life, I am over the initial loss. Nevertheless, certain things such as learning Torah or performing mitzvot (commandments) in her memory not only comfort and strengthen me, they also keep her spirit alive for me in a tangible way.

The Mystery of the Fifth Cup: Why Elijah?

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
April 18, 2016

Rabbi Simeon J. Maslin reveals why, of all our biblical luminaries, it is Elijah who visits our homes on Passover, and why we welcome the prophet to our seder table with his own dedicated cup of wine.

Do We Still Need an Orange on the Seder Plate?

Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs
April 7, 2016

The heroism of the women who made Passover possible is a strong and accurate answer to those who claim that women always play a secondary or subordinate role in Jewish thinking. An orange does not make their case. Telling their story does.

What Is Your Egypt? A Poem for the Exodus

Stacey Zisook Robinson, z"l
February 22, 2016

As I tried to respond to the writing prompt, "What is your Egypt?" - wrestling with the idea of stranger, of knowing his heart, of Egypt and slavery and being freed - this poem came tumbling out.

Writing the Torah and Honoring the Name of God

Kimberly Burnham
December 16, 2015

There was such joy in his voice as Rabbi Kevin Hale talked about going to the river near his house to wash himself in a mikveh (ritual bath) before writing the name of God in the Torah scroll he worked on.

Letters gather into words.

Holding One Another On Our Shoulders

Rabbi Robert A. Nosanchuk
November 11, 2015

This passage is excerpted from a d’var Torah shared at the URJ Biennial convention's Shacharit service focused on tikkun olam, repair of the world.

The poet Naomi Shihab Nye tells this story:

A man crosses the street in rain, Stepping gently, looking..