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Are You a Seeker or a Dweller?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on November 19, 2020

Are you a seeker or a dweller? Scholars of religion have noted that religious people can be categorized as either seekers or dwellers. Seekers are the ones who are looking for G-d, meaning, and truth. They wonder about how religion’s messages and teachings can play out in their lives, and they look to bring a religious ethos into the world.…

Insiders and Outsiders

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on November 12, 2020

A major theme in this week’s parasha, Chayei Sarah, is the question of insiders and outsiders. How do we relate to the larger country around us? How do we relate to foreigners? This is quite relevant to the question of immigrants in a society – are their contributions to be feared or embraced?…

Parshat Vayeira: Tzeddek and Mishpat

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on November 6, 2020

This week, particularly right now when we are in an uncertain moment as a country, I’d like to share a thought on the parsha which touches on what the Torah believes to be the basic principles with which we should live our lives. …

What Is Our Vision Statement?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on October 29, 2020

The Jewish story begins with parshat Lekh-Lekha, when G-d tells Avraham “Go to the land which I will show you.” The patriarch faithfully sets out towards the land of Cannan, which later becomes the Land of Israel. To understand the religious character of Avraham, it is helpful to compare him to Noah, the main character of the previous parasha.…

The Passion of Bride and Groom

In the Time of Coronavirus

One of the many customs of Simchat Torah is that of chatan Torah, the title given to the person who is called up to the Torah to receive the very last Aliyah of the Torah. The term chatan is an evocative one.…

Parashat Ha-Teshuva: Deuteronomy Chapter 30 and Its Location in the Book

by Rabbi David Bigman
Posted on September 15, 2020

Korbanot in Sefer Bamidbar: Reimagining the Relationship with God and Yom Kippur

by Rabbi Zvi Grumet
Posted on September 15, 2020

Scroll below the video to follow along with the source sheet.  …

Working Through the “Avodah”: Analyzing Leviticus 16

by Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot
Posted on September 15, 2020

Scroll below the video to follow along with the source sheet.…

Unexpected Models of Teshuva in Tanach

by Nechama Price
Posted on September 14, 2020

To follow along with the shiur’s source sheet on Sefaria, please click here.…

Moving from the Real to the Ideal

In the Time of Coronavirus

The Torah commands us in the laws of Shmita for the first time in Shemot 23:11: “And six years you shall sow thy land, and shall gather in the fruits thereof. But the seventh year you shall relinquish it; that the poor of your people may eat: and what they leave the beasts of the field shall eat.…

Mezuzot: Divine Protection or Human Perfection?

In the Time of Coronavirus

The mitzvah of mezuzah appears at the end of this week’s parasha in what we know of as the second paragraph of Shema: “And you shall write them (these words) on the doorposts of your house and of your gates.” (Deut.…

On Feminine Depictions of God in Tanakh

by Rabbi Tzvi Sinensky
Posted on July 20, 2020