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Sacrifice: A Poem for the Akedah

Stacey Zisook Robinson, z"l

Genesis 22:1-24, the story of God testing Abraham by instructing him to sacrifice Isaac on Mount Moriah, is known as the Akedah. We read this story on Rosh HaShanah, but it is also part of the Torah portion of Vayeira, which we read this Shabbat.

Autism, Teens and Torah - Just Another Shabbat

Lisa Friedman

One recent Shabbat, on the anniversary of his bar mitzvah, a young man with autism chanted Torah at our erev Shabbat service. I've been thinking about it since, and was genuinely moved by the whole experience. 

I have known this nearly-17-year-old young man..

Remembering What We Wish We Could Forget

Rabbi Jeff Brown

Yom HaShoah is a day filled with paradoxes.

First paradox: how can we possibly do anything to memorialize or honor the memories of six million? The number is so immense that it defies comprehension. Like the picture here, which hints at the enormity of the...

Ki Tisa: The Holiness of Broken Things

Stacey Zisook Robinson, z"l

I carry my brokenness with me
It is holy--
as holy as my breath,
my heart,
my wholeness.

It is a part of me, these
scattered pieces
of shattered longing
and battered dreams.
My sins.
All of them.
I carry them--
all of them;
All these broken things
that bend me and bow me,

Adults-Only Purim: Inappropriate, Yet Purimly Acceptable

Rabbi Paul Kipnes

We laughed so hard - at Cantor Doug Cotler's cleverly funny songs, at Rabbi Julia Weisz's ridiculously hysterical costumes, at my inappropriate yet Purimly-acceptable riffs on Megillat Esther, the story of Purim. We laughed out loud, belly laughed. And in between, we reflected on lessons of transcendent importance. We adults, we did.

Be Happy, It's Adar!

Rabbi Gilad Kariv

This year, we celebrate the beginning of the month of Adar between “Shabbat Shekalim” and the Shabbat when we read the Torah portion “Truma” (donation).

Parashat Va-eira

Rabbi Jack A. Luxemburg

Adonai spoke to Moses, saying:  “Go and tell Pharaoh, King of Egypt, to let the Israelites depart from his land.” But Moses appealed to Adonai, saying: “The Israelites would not listen to me; how then should Pharaoh heed me, a man of impeded speech!” (Exodus 6

Celebrate Torah

Rabbi P.J. Schwartz

Every year, the season of reflection and renewal is culminated by the celebration of Simchat Torah (literally “the rejoicing of the Torah”). On this day, we read the concluding section of Deuteronomy and immediately thereafter return to Genesis and read...

Chutzpah is the New Charisma

Rabbi Evan Moffic

Charisma  is overrated.

Yes, it can inspire devotion and admiration. But it depends on something stronger. It depends on chutzpah. Chutzpah is a Yiddish word best translated as “gall,” or “guts.” It is a willingness to break conventions. To try something...