On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah

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Rabbi Rick Jacobs talks to Rabbi Judy Schindler in front of microphones


Tune in weekly to hear Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union For Reform Judaism, offer divrei Torah d'var Torahדְּבַר תּוֹרָה“Word(s) of Torah.” (pl. divrei Torah). A brief oral teaching to the congregation which explores themes of the Torah portion or other Jewish content. In many communities, a child celebrating bar/bat mitzvah will prepare and deliver an original d’var Torah during the worship service. (insights into the weekly Torah portion) to help open up Jewish thought and its contemporary influence on your life. Subscribe now and find transcripts in the episode pages below.

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On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah - Do You Really Care? Bechukotai Behar

May 11, 2020

How much do you care about the environment? Yourself? Other people? Rabbi Rick Jacobs talks about our fundamental responsibility to care for God’s earth and attend to the neediest among us. It’s not a newfangled, 21st-century idea; it’s literally what our age-old biblical text calls for. So how do we do it?

On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah - What Is Blasphemy, Anyway? - Emor

May 4, 2020

In ancient times, crimes of blasphemy were punished by stoning - but what does it really mean today to blaspheme? Rabbi Rick Jacobs explains the biblical prohibition against Chilul HaShem, desecrating God's name, and talks about what we are called to do to combat it. (This episode originally aired in May 2019.)

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