Recent Weekly Torah

My Shadow Side

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by Rabbi Myra Meskin
posted on March 7, 2023
Have you ever been sitting in a synagogue service, singing along mindlessly, only to suddenly trip over a word in translation and think, “wait, what exactly did I just say?”  The words of the Purim piyyut “Shoshanat Yaakov,” are traditionally sung immediately following the reading of the megillah.  Read more...

What is it that we celebrate, when we celebrate Presidents Day?

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by Rabbi Aryeh Cohen
posted on February 16, 2023
What is it that we celebrate, when we celebrate Presidents Day? As a kid, I was taught that George Washington was some sort of moral paragon. When he chopped down the cherry tree, he refused to lie about it. After he had served his term as President, he went home to his farm. He had no desire to be a president for life, and this solidified the country on the path of democracy. There would be no lifetime rulers in the United States, as opposed to in Europe where kings and queens reigned.   Read more...

Our Embeddedness in the Natural World

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by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson
posted on February 2, 2023
On a family vacation to Hawaii, I joined my twins, Shira and Jacob, snorkeling by a coral reef. Beautiful coral undulated like ocean flowers, with buzzing bees replaced by fish of astonishing colors and variety. Putting my ears under water, I could hear the clicking of the coral, a sound imperceptible if you don't actively attend for it, but once it becomes the subject of your focus, almost deafening. Read more...

Calling Us to Attention

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by Rabbi Myra Meskin
posted on January 12, 2023
When I teach the Exodus story to AJU’s Miller Introduction to Judaism students, I share that it is one of the greatest gifts that the Jewish people has given to the world. This story, which we will begin reading this shabbat, is the moment where we stake claim to a God who sides with justice over power, where lowly slaves are seen as God’s beloved children, where tyrants and dictators are brought crashing down, and where we’re taught that those who are brought down by degradation will be carried on eagles’ wings to a place of dignity. Read more...

Why Do We Say L'Chaim?

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by Sammy Rosenbaum
posted on December 22, 2022
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