June 28, 2022
By exploring this week's Torah portion we gain some insight into the Jewish view of reproductive healthcare. The Torah also gives a warning about those who would use religion in order to try to control others.
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June 21, 2022
The Torah's story of the scouts points to our ability to choose how we understand and respond to a given situation. In this episode I relate the parashah to Viktor Frankl's teaching of the "last of the human freedoms."
June 14, 2022
This parashah tells about a strange incident in which two Israelites prophesy "illicitly." Moses's reaction to them teaches something important about leadership and listening.
June 8, 2022
Digging a bit under the surface of the parashah, we find a message about the responsibility to uphold the image of God in each person. And about what an individual, or a society, should do when it realizes that it has not done so.
May 30, 2022
In the wake of yet another horrific mass shooting in the United States, this week's Torah portion has much to say about respect for life, about "bearing arms," and about the responsibility of a society to guard the safety of each of its citizens.
May 24, 2022
A conversation with Rabbi Karyn Kedar. We talk about the Torah's theology of Reward and Punishment - our challenges with it and how we might understand it through liberal Jewish eyes. In the bonus interview, we discuss prayer, presence, and mindfulness via a reading of Rabbi Kedar's new book of poetry.
Rabbi Kedar's book Amen can be found here: https://www.ccarpress.org/shopping_product_detail.asp?pid=50485
May 17, 2022
This week's parashah is about the Sabbatical year, in which the land lies fallow and all debts and servitude are forgiven. We find a lesson there, and in Star Trek, about living your best life.
May 10, 2022
The Torah's strange prohibition against shaving the corners of your face is an opportunity to talk about holiness and about the relationship between ritual and ethics.
May 3, 2022
This week's parashah is about holiness - how we're supposed to strive for it, even through we'll never actually get there.
April 26, 2022
Sacrifice? Demons? A scapegoat?? This parashah describes the levitical practices of Yom Kippur - the Day of Atonement. What meaning is there to be found for modern Jewish life in this ancient, priestly ritual?