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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...
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So, What’s the Point?

Even if we cannot make sense of life in some grand cosmic sense, we can find purpose and satisfaction in the tasks of daily...
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Transforming Our Past Into Prologue

Parshat Ha’azinu   Maya Angelou, with whom I was honored to share an afternoon and a meal nearly 30 years ago when we were both living...
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Finding Inner Peace a Goal of Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is when we shine as Jews. It’s when our inner G-dliness unites with our outer self. It’s a time of true oneness,...
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Individuals Must Choose Their Role as a Link in the Long Chain of Jewish...

Parshat Nitzavim When I grew up, I spent every summer at URJ Camp Harlam, my summer home. I vividly remember driving through the gate and...
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Female Torah Scribe Part of a Small and Unique Sorority

Julie Seltzer is a female Torah scribe, or soferet. She is believed to be just the second soferet in the world to transcribe an...