Seven Minute Torah
Vayera: From Mundane to Sacred

Vayera: From Mundane to Sacred

October 21, 2021

Vayera is the story of Abraham and Sarah. It teaches us that we can transform the world from mundane to sacred through mitzvot - acts of holy obligation.

Lech Lecha: All the Souls They Had Made

Lech Lecha: All the Souls They Had Made

October 13, 2021

Lech Lecha tells the story of Abraham and Sarah's journey to the land of Israel. Turns out it's also about community and relationship.

Noach: The Seven Noachide Laws

Noach: The Seven Noachide Laws

October 5, 2021

A conversation with Dr. Mark Washofsky about the Seven Noachide laws. We touch on issues of universalism in Judaism, Natural Law, and what it means to be a society.

In the bonus interview: the relationship between liberal Judaism and traditional Jewish law; what it means to make authentic Judaism choices; and why the Talmud belongs to all of us.

For more information about the Solomon B. Freehof Institute of Progressive Halakhah, visit freehofinstitute.org.

Bereshit: Take A Break

Bereshit: Take A Break

September 30, 2021

The beginning of season 3! The Torah's opening parashah focuses, in part on Shabbat - on the very real need to take a break from technology and creation.

V‘Zot Ha‘Brachah: Turn It Again

V‘Zot Ha‘Brachah: Turn It Again

September 27, 2021

The final portion of the Torah ends with a message about the ongoing journey of learning.

Sukkot: Seeing God‘s Back

Sukkot: Seeing God‘s Back

September 23, 2021

The Torah portion for Sukkot describes Moses "seeing God's back." What does the Torah mean by that?? We get an answer from the 12th century philosopher Maimonides - and it's perfect for Sukkot!

Ha‘azinu: Unconditional Love

Ha‘azinu: Unconditional Love

September 17, 2021

The Torah's penultimate parashah is a poem that gives a stylized version of the Israelites' history with God. It has a lot to teach us about covenant, about parent-child relationships, and about unconditional love.

Rosh Hashanah: Ayeka - Where Are You?

Rosh Hashanah: Ayeka - Where Are You?

September 7, 2021

Rabbi Streiffer's sermon from Rosh Hashanah morning 5782. About the ways that life calls us to think deeply about our values and our choices and how they align with each other.

Nitzavim: Don‘t Bless Yourself

Nitzavim: Don‘t Bless Yourself

August 31, 2021

This week's parashah is about standing ("nitzavim") together. In our interview with Rabbi Jesse Paikin, he points out a powerful message about responsibility to others and the need to think beyond ourselves.

Ki Tavo: First Fruits

Ki Tavo: First Fruits

August 24, 2021

This week's parashah describes the ancient practice of bringing First Fruits to the Temple. It's a ritual that still resonates today - especially in terms of building gratitude and the responsibility to provide for the less fortunate.

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