D'vrei Torah

Korach (Numbers 16:1-18:32) Rebel With A Cause?

    There are many lessons in this week’s portion. We are reminded again that, you do not mess with the God of the Torah. The punishment is often death. Korach, and his followers find that [Read more…]

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Liberty, Justice and The Court’s Decision: Whose Choice Is It?

            In the last two years of my seminar training, 1970-1972, I was part of a small group of students at the Hebrew Union College (HUC) that were trained at a local church to provide [Read more…]

Reb Carl's Column

On Our Way Back Home

Reb Carl Viniar writes about how his college friends’ and Jewish fraternity brothers’ lives unfolded in an era of protest and personal achievement, but ended up with a renewed focus on Judaism. [Read more…]

Seekers of Meaning-JSA Podcast

Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast 6/24/2022: Tia Newcomer, CEO of CaringBridge.org

On this week’s episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, the guest is Tia Newcomer, CEO of CaringBridge.org, a nonprofit social network that helps people connect with family and friends during a health journey. [Read more…]

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D'vrei Torah

Shelach L’cha (Numbers 13:1-15:41) I Spy, We Spy: What Do You “See”?

The major thrust of this week’s portion is the famous story of Moses sending spies into Canaan, that land promised by God, a land “flowing with milk and honey”. They all report that the land [Read more…]

Care-Giving Concerns

Philadelphia Community Gathers for Pride Havdalah to Remember LGBTQ Individuals Persecuted in the Holocaust

Community members gathered on Saturday, June 18 at the Horwitz-Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia for a Pride Havdalah program to learn about and commemorate the persecution of LGBTQ+ individuals in the Holocaust. [Read more…]

Seekers of Meaning-JSA Podcast

Seekers of Meaning 6/17/2022: Rabbi Stephen Karol

On this week’s episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Rabbi Stephen Karol, rabbi emeritus of Temple Isaiah in Stony Brook, New York, returns to the program to discuss his latest book, Embracing the Supernatural in Judaism: Signs from Our Deceased Loved Ones and Stories About The World-to-Come. [Read more…]

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D'vrei Torah

B”ha’alotecha (Numbers 8:1-12:16) In The Midst of Grumbling–Manna

Numbers 11 is a very interesting chapter. The Israelites begin to grumble against Moses, setting in motion a glimpse into Moses’s own personality, the private man (see 11: 10ff). As the Israelites grumble and complain [Read more…]