Chosen Together: The Ethical Significance of Shavuot

Rabbi Bradley Artson
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by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson
posted on May 13, 2021
Why is the festival of Shavuot called "the time of the giving of our Torah" and not the time of the receiving of our Torah?  Because the giving of the Torah happened at one specified time, but the receiving of the Torah happens at every time and in every generation.                                                             – Rabbi Meir Alter of Ger  Read more...

We're All Parents, We're All Teachers

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by Rabbi Nolan Lebovitz
posted on May 19, 2018
Torah Reading
Haftarah Reading
This week we begin the fourth book of the Torah, Sefer Bamidbar. We turn away from Priestly responsibilities centered in the tabernacle, and return our focus to the narrative of the Children of Israel wandering in the desert, in Hebrew “Bamidbar.” There is a passage in this Parshah that always grabs my attention, “And these are the offspring of Aaron and Moses on the day that God spoke with Moses on Mt. Sinai. These are the names of the sons of Aaron, the firstborn was Nadav, and Avihua, Elazar and Ithamar. These were the names of the sons of Aaron…” (Num. Read more...

Up All Night

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by Rabbi Cheryl Peretz
posted on May 31, 2017
Torah Reading
Haftarah Reading
As children, we think staying up all night is pretty cool. Remember the first time you vowed to stay awake for something special? In all likelihood, it ended with you falling asleep,leaving unfulfilled the desire to experience the special occasion of the night. Fast forward to college – an all-nighter took on new significance as a last ditch effort to cram for the big exam (memorizing information that many would say they forget not long after the exam is over) or put the finishing touches on an important paper (one that often made up the majority of the semester grade). Read more...

New Consolation: Conservative/Masorti Judaism Faces Forward

Rabbi Bradley Artson
5774
by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson
posted on June 5, 2014
Torah Reading
Haftarah Reading
Rabban Yochanan ben Zakkai, great sage of his generation, was once walking with his disciple, Rabbi Joshua, near Jerusalem after the destruction of the Holy Temple. Rabbi Joshua looked at the temple ruins and said, "Alas for us the place which atoned for the sins of the people Israel lies in ruins." Then Rabban Yochanan ben Zakkai spoke to him these words of comfort, saying, "Do not grieve, my son. There is another way of gaining atonement even though the temple is destroyed. Read more...