In This Together

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by Rabbi Adam Greenwald
posted on September 24, 2021
Simchat Torah is a holiday of re-reading. We complete our annual cycle and begin again with the Story of Creation. I am a big re-reader. I love returning to the texts that move me most and discovering in them new resonance based on the state of my life or the state of our world. Read more...

Starting Again on Blursday

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by Rabbi Gail Labovitz, PhD
posted on October 7, 2020
The last time I attended a Torah reading at my synagogue was the Shabbat of March 14, parashat Ki Tissa, in the latter part of Exodus. By Monday, Los Angeles was under lockdown and the American Jewish University took classes on-line. Read more...

Beyond Sukkot

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by Rabbi Aryeh Cohen
posted on October 10, 2009
Haftarah Reading
Maftir Reading
Coming off of Yom Kippur, I find myself in a confessing mood. So here goes. I watch a lot of television - sometimes on an actual TV set, mostly on my computer. Do I watch too much TV? Well, compared to what? I watch less than those who watch more than me-but they are all lazy, shiftless, unambitious boors-and more than those who watch less than me-but they all have an ascetic streak and want you to be vegetarian and do yoga. In any event it seems that I am not alone in this vice. Read more...

Thinking About Revelation

Rabbi Bradley Artson
by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson
posted on September 28, 2002
Simchat Torah celebrates God’s gift of Torah to the Jewish people, and our age-old love affair with the Torah. As we swirl and dance with these precious scrolls, now may be a particularly appropriate time to consider what the Torah really means, and how it connects our lives to God’s will. In short, let’s take a moment to consider how we relate to God and how God relates to us.   Read more...