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Examining Two Sides of One Staff Raises Issues of Both Evil, Compassion

By Rabbi Joel Hecker Parshat Beshalach “Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and split it apart, that the Israelites may come...

Multiple Factors Responsible for Leadership Success, As Exemplified By Moses

By Rabbi George Stern   Parshat Bo Discussions about leaders and leadership styles have been ubiquitous recently. The Tanakh (Jewish Scripture) is replete with stories about leaders...

Local Students Learned MEOR Than Just History in Winter Break Trip to Poland

Winter break for college students usually means one thing: stuffing weeks of laundry into a bag to bring home and spending a few weeks...

Human Race Spiritually Hardwired to Respond to and Act on World Suffering

By Rabbi Nathan Martin   Parshat Vaera In the beginning of this week’s parsha, Va-era, God speaks to Moses promising to act on Israel’s cries of suffering...

There’s No Telling When a Significant Event May Change Your Life’s Direction

By Rabbi Fred V. Davidow Parshat Shemot David Roskies, professor of Jewish literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary, has written, “Text and experience are reciprocally enlightening:...

Returning to the Edge of the Pit, and Then Finding the Right Words

By Rabbi Eric Yanoff Parshat Vayechi Sometimes, writing a rabbinic message for a newspaper or bulletin requires less rabbinics and more prophecy: Early print deadlines force...

Embrace the Full Range of Human Emotion to Tap Inner Strengths

By Rabbi Tamara R. Cohen Parshat Vayigash After weeks of following the epic tale of Joseph and his brothers, this week’s parsha, Vayigash, narrates the dramatic...

Repairing Messy Lives Requires Forgiveness — and a Whole Lot More

Parshat Miketz This week’s Parsha, Miketz, begins with Joseph in prison and Pharaoh dreaming. Joseph’s God-given gifts to interpret dreams lead him to Pharaoh’s court. When...
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After the Flood: Noah and the Ramifications of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

ByLance J. Sussman Parshat Noach In general society today, Noah is widely depicted as a kindly old man who saved humanity, animals and birds from the...
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Turn the Barren Place to Eden: The Earth Gives Birth to the Human Race

Parshat Bereshit   In a generation when human intervention is deeply wounding the web of life on Earth and with it the patterns of human community...