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On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah - Podcast Transcripts

Tune in weekly to hear Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union For Reform Judaism, offer divrei Torah (insights into the weekly Torah portion) to help open up Jewish thought and its contemporary influence on your life. Subscribe on Apple PodcastsAndroid, or get the RSS feed

Click the links below to find transcripts of each episode. This index is currently a work in progress, with more transcripts added every week.

2019

2018

2017

  • What Lives on of Us When We Die? Parashat Va-y'chi, Torah Portion read on 12/30/17
  • A Modern-Day Joseph. Parashat Vayigash, Torah Portion read on 12/23/17
  • The Menorah in the Window. Parashat Mikeitz, Torah Portion read on 12/16/17
  • Learning from Joseph. Parashat Vayeishev, Torah Portion read on 12/9/17
  • Dinah's #MeToo Story. Parashat Vayishlach, Torah Portion read on 12/2/17
  • Jacob the Refugee. Parashat Vayeitzi, Torah Portion read on 11/25/17
  • Deciding Who You Are. Parashat Tol'dot, Torah Portion read on 11/18/17
  • The Death of Sarah. Parashat Chayei Sarah, Torah Portion read on 11/11/17
  • The Wife-Sister Motif. Parashat Vayeira, Torah Portion read on 11/4/17
  • Nothing Left Behind. Parashat Lech L’cha, Torah Portion read on 10/28/17
  • Acts of God. Parashat Noach, Torah Portion read on 10/21/17
  • There's Something About Seven. Parashat B'reishit, Torah Portion read on 10/14/17
  • Do You Always Reap What You Sow? Sukkot (Kohelet), Torah Portion read on 10/5/17
  • Repentance and Forgiveness. Shabbat Yom Kippur, Torah Portion read on 9/30/17
  • Should We Question Authority? Parashat Ha'azinu, Torah Portion read on 9/23/17
  • It is Not in the Heavens. Parashat Nitzavim-Vayeilech, Torah Portion read on 9/16/17 
  • Not If, But Whem. Parashat Ki Tavo, Torah Portion read on 9/9/17
  • How Not to Hate. Parashat Ki Teitzei, Torah Portion read on 9/2/17
  • What Makes a Good Judge. Parashat Shof'tim, Torah Portion read on 8/26/17
  • Eating With Compassion. Parashat R’eih, Torah Portion read on 8/19/17
  • A Seat at the Table. Parashat Eikev, Torah Portion read on 8/12/17
  • Why We Should Bring Politics to the Pulpit. Parashat Va-et'chanan, Torah Portion read on 8/5/17
  • For All of the Jewish People. Parashat D'varim, Torah Portion read on 7/29/17
  • Why Journey? Parashat Matot-Mas'ei, Torah Portion read on 7/22/17
  • Challenging the Rules. Parashat Pinchas, Torah Portion read on 7/15/17
  • Songs of the Soul. Parashat Balak, Torah Portion read on 7/8/17
  • When to Ask Why. Parashat Chukat, Torah Portion read on 7/1/17
  • Sacred Disagreement. Parashat Korach, Torah Portion read on 6/24/17
  • Judaism on the Fringes. Parashat Sh'lach L'cha, Torah Portion read on 6/17/17
  • Is the Torah Colorblind? Parashat B'haalot'cha, Torah Portion read on 6/10/17
  • What is a Blessing? Parashat Naso, Torah Portion read on 6/3/17
  • Do Numbers Matter? Parashat B'midbar, Torah Portion read on 5/27/17
  • What the Torah Says About Being Green. Parashat B'har-B'chukotai, Torah Portion read on 5/20/17
  • Gratitude, Obligation, and Responsibility: A Jewish Year with Abigail Pogrebin. Parashat Emor, Torah Portion read on 5/13/17
  • The Torah's Take on Love. Parashat Acharei Mot-K'doshim, Torah Portion read on 5/6/17
  • What We Get Wrong About the Dreaded Parashiyot. Parashat Tazria-M'tzora, Torah Portion read on 4/29/17
  • Kashrut Explained (Or, Why I Can't Eat A Camel). Parashat Sh'mini, Torah Portion read on 4/22/17
  • Why is This Passover Different from Other Passovers? Passover, Torah Portion read on 4/15/17
  • How to Be a Leader. Parashat Tzav, Torah Portion read on 4/8/17
  • When Torah Meets Theater. Parashat Vayikra, Torah Portion read on 4/1/17
  • Are You My Idol? Parashat Ki Tisa, Torah Portion read on 3/18/17
  • Protecting Our Planet and Other Sacred Places. Parashat T’tzaveh, Torah Portion read on 3/11/17
  • What Does "Generosity" Really Mean? Parashat T’rumah, Torah Portion read on 3/4/17
  • An Eye for an Eye. Parashat Misphatim, Torah Portion read on 2/15/17
  • Looking Beyond Our Differences. Parashat Yitro, Torah Portion 2/18/17
  • Life's Shortcuts and the Benefits of a 40 Journey. Parashat B'shalach, Torah Portion on 2/11/17
  • Finding the Truth in our Stories. Parashat Bo, Torah Portion 2/4/17
  • What Made Moses Great. Parashat Ve-eira, Torah Portion read on 1/28/17
  • The Amazing Women of Exodus. Parashat Sh'mot, Torah Portion read on 1/21/17
  • What Lives After Death. Parashat Va-y'chi, Torah Portion read on 1/14/17
  • Putting Judah in Judaism. Parashat Vayigash, Torah Portion read on 1/7/17

2016