Seven Minute Torah
Miketz: Jewish Life in Diaspora

Miketz: Jewish Life in Diaspora

December 1, 2021

Among other things, Joseph is the first "Diaspora Jew." How does his story in this week's parashah mirror and inspire Jewish life today?

Vayeshev: An Act of Joseph

Vayeshev: An Act of Joseph

November 25, 2021

This week's parashah tells the story of Joseph and the "coat of many colours." What is the secret of Joseph's incredible resilience?  Listen in for Rabbi Streiffer's take.

Vayishlach: From Jacob to Israel

Vayishlach: From Jacob to Israel

November 18, 2021

Why is Jacob's name change such a pivotal moment in the Jewish story? And what does it have to teach us about our own lives?

Vayetze: Responsible for Each Other

Vayetze: Responsible for Each Other

November 11, 2021

This week's parashah tells the story of the 12 sons of Jacob, who become the 12 tribes of Israel. The symbolism of family has something to teach about the realities of peoplehood and responsibility.

Toldot: How (Not) to Disagree (encore)

Toldot: How (Not) to Disagree (encore)

November 4, 2021

This week's Torah portion teaches about how to disagree respectfully. We could learn a thing or two for our own lives and our political system.

Chayei Sarah: They Buried him Together

Chayei Sarah: They Buried him Together

October 27, 2021

Chayei Sarah is a portion about death that is really about life. The death of Sarah and of Abraham teach us an important lesson about relationships and about living our best life.

Per the episode, my short story "A Wind From the South," which is about Isaac and Ishmael burying their father together, can be found here: https://jewishliteraryjournal.com/fiction/a-wind-from-the-south/.

 

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.

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