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Pirke Avot #3: We Are All Being Called

This week, for our text study from Pirke Avot, let me suggest Avot 2:16. The beginning of this passage is known to many. Rabbi Tarfon used to say, it is not your duty to finish the work, [Read more…]

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D'vrei Torah

Acharai Mot-K’doshim (Leviticus 16:1-20:27) The Holiness of Loneliness?

What a double portion! From the scapegoat and sexual laws to the so-called “Holiness” Code, this week we delve in serious issues and proof texts that have been the subject of centuries of controversy and [Read more…]

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An Antidote to Stress and Covid-19

An Antidote to Stress and Covid-19 Rabbi Dr. Steven Moss   One of the activities that Jews seem to do quite often and are commanded to do by the tradition, is to remember. We are [Read more…]

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We Did and Now We Don’t….

We were a happy people And now we’re not. We lived with problems And now they don’t seem so big. We were a social people And now we’re not. We hugged and shook hands And [Read more…]

Seekers of Meaning-JSA Podcast

Yeshiva University Program for Rabbis Working in Gerontology and Palliative Care Explored on Seekers of Meaning Podcast

Prof. Gary L. Stein, Professor and Vice Chair, Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network, Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University, reports on the school’s continuing Rabbinic Certificate Program in Gerontology and Palliative Care. [Read more…]

David's Star (Patrick Lentz photo via Flickr.com, Creative Commons license.)

Pirke Avot Study #2: The “Legacy” Of A Good Name

As we continue our journey from Passover to Shavuot, we suggest looking at a section for this week’s Pirke Avot study from Avot 2:7. This is a long paragraph that involves juxtapositions on society and [Read more…]

D'vrei Torah

Tazria-M’tzorah (Leviticus 12:1-15:33) The Two-fold Quarantine

We come this week to the famous portions in Leviticus that discusses the outbreak in the camp of a skin eruption. Often translated at leprosy, this section has been the bane of many a bar [Read more…]

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Este curso introductorio en la vida judía es un curso elemental para adultos de 16 sesiones,  que introduce a principiantes a las bases del pensamiento y rítuales judíos. (This introductory course about Jewish life is an elementary 16-session course for adults which introduces participants to the foundations of Jewish thought and ritual.) [Read more…]

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