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17 Apr: Two Minutes of Torah | Yom Rishon shel Pesach | Exodus 12:37-42, 13:3-10

The Right Approach The philosophy of teaching is integral in Judaism.  God revealed a text to us, so refining the…

10 Apr: Two Minutes of Torah | M’tzora | Leviticus 14:1-15:33

At it’s best, a close reading of our parsha suggests that we help those recovering from illness reintegrate into their communities; at it’s worst…

04 Apr: Two Minutes of Torah | Tazria | Leviticus 12:1−13:59

But when from a long-distant past nothing subsists, after the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered, still,…

27 Mar: Two Minutes of Torah | Sh’mini | Leviticus 9:1-11:47

“Any animal that has true hoofs, with clefts through the hoofs, and that chews the cud — you may eat.”…

21 Mar: Two Minutes of Torah | Tzav | Leviticus 6:1−8:36

Buried near the end of Parashat Tzav, amidst detailed descriptions of the priestly garments we find a tantalizingly occult relic from…

07 Mar: Two Minutes of Torah | P’kudei | Exodus 38:21-40:38

Have you every considered what happened to the twin tablets of the law that Moses broke in his anger at…

27 Feb: Two Minutes of Torah | Vayak’heil | Exodus 35:1–38:20

Isaac Abravanel, a 15th century scholar, reveals a cornerstone of Jewish life and practice through an insightful question about this…

21 Feb: Two Minutes of Torah | Ki Tisa | Exodus 30:11−34:35

I vividly remember the first time I encountered Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors.I couldn’t have been more than 15 or 16, and…

14 Feb: Two Minutes of Torah | T’tzaveh | Exodus 27:20−30:10

Parashat Tetzaveh speaks in some detail — some excruciatingly meticulous detail — about the garments to be worn by the…

07 Feb: Two Minutes of Torah | T’rumah | Exodus 25:1−27:19

The Journey, and Not the Destination This oft-utilized but incisive axiom finds, perhaps, its origins in this week’s Torah portion,…

31 Jan: Two Minutes of Torah | Mishpatim | Exodus 21:1−24:18

What a dynamic relationship we humans have with rules and order. We crave boundaries and containers into which we can…

17 Jan: Two Minutes of Torah | B’shalach | Exodus 13:17−17:16

“The primary purpose of prayer is not to make requests. The primary purpose is to praise, to sing, to chant….

10 Jan: Two Minutes of Torah | Bo | Exodus 10:1−13:16

Who has access to God? This question looms large at the start of Parashat Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16), in which Moses…

03 Jan: Two Minutes of Torah | Va-eira | Exodus 6:2–9:35

We know the story, or at least, we know the major detail: God speaks to Moses from a Burning Bush….

27 Dec: Two Minutes of Torah | Sh’mot | Exodus 1:1–6:1

Pharaoh was, fortunately for the early Hebrews, not a brilliant military strategist. He recognized the threat that a numerous population…

20 Dec: Two Minutes of Torah | Va-y’chi | Genesis 47:28–50:26

On his deathbed, Jacob gathers family around in his final effort to share a vision of the legacy he will…

13 Dec: Two Minutes of Torah | Vayigash | Genesis 44:18−47:27

“With that he embraced his brother Benjamin around the neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck” (Genesis 45:14). This…

06 Dec: Two Minutes of Torah | Mikeitz | Genesis 41:1−44:17

Reveals and Refocuses For most of us who follow the Torah reading and holiday cycle, the serendipity of intersecting messages…

29 Nov: Two Minutes of Torah | Vayeishev | Genesis 37:1−40:23

Jacob settled, vayeishev, is a telling title for the name of our Torah portion this week. Jacob, now interchangeably known…

19 Nov: Two Minutes of Torah | Vayishlah | Genesis 32:4-36:43

Guidance for our retirement accounts in this week’s Torah portion? “Turn it and turn it again, for everything is in…

14 Nov: Two Minutes of Torah | Vayeitzei | Genesis 28:10−32:3

Excelsior! This week marked the passing of Stan Lee, the Patriarch of the Marvel Comics Empire.  Like so many sons…

06 Nov: A Civic Covenant

After many requests from our congregants and guests, Temple is pleased to offer you a copy of the Civic Covenant…

01 Nov: Two Minutes of Torah | Chayei Sarah | Genesis 23:1−25:18

Torah provides us with a model for mourning this week. The parsha, called “The Life of Sarah” tells not only of…

01 Nov: Rabbi Weiner’s Remarks from the Community Vigil for Pittsburgh

I welcome you into this sacred space, this sanctuary for the soul, for this gathering of memory, faith and hope—as…

25 Oct: Two Minutes of Torah | Vayeira | Genesis 18:1–22:24

The Way of Welcome The treatment accorded newcomers and strangers was then and may always be considered a touchstone of…

18 Oct: Two Minutes of Torah | Lech L’cha | Genesis 12:1−17:27

“Go forth from your land, your birthplace, your father’s house, to the land that I will show you.” Could this…

11 Oct: Two Minutes of Torah | Noach | Genesis 6:9−11:32

“Noah was a righteous man; he walked with God,” we read at the start of this week’s Torah portion. How…

04 Oct: Two Minutes of Torah | B’reishit | Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12

I grew up in the environmentally conscious San Francisco Bay Area where I was trained to do my part in…

27 Sep: Two Minutes of Torah | V’zot Habracha | Deuteronomy 33:1–34:12

And In the End… And in the end the love you take Is equal to the love you make Paul…

20 Sep: Two Minutes of Torah | Haazinu | Deuteronomy 32:1–52

Ha’azinu, Moses’ final exhortation to the people of Israel in poetic form, contains a critical reminder: “Take to heart all…

12 Sep: Two Minutes of Torah | Vayeilech | Deuteronomy 31:1–30

There is a strange overlap that occurs during the days between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. While we celebrated the…

06 Sep: Two Minutes of Torah | Nitzavim | Deuteronomy 29:9–30:20

The choice is yours. Okay, so it might not always feel that way: we human beings must rush from obligation…

30 Aug: Two Minutes of Torah | Ki Tavo | Deuteronomy 26:1–29:8

“Turn it, turn it, for everything is in it,” said Rabbi Ben Bag Bag of the Torah. A beautiful and…

23 Aug: Two Minutes of Torah | Ki Teitzei | Deuteronomy 21:10–25:19

I’m sure you’ve heard the famous story about the young man who demanded that Rabbi Hillel teach him “all of Torah…

15 Aug: Two Minutes of Torah | Shof’tim | Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9

“Justice, justice, shall you pursue.” These are, without a doubt, the most memorable lines from this week’s Torah portion, parshat…

07 Aug: Two Minutes of Torah | R’eih | Deuteronomy 11:26–16:17

Ours is not the only time, place and culture besotted by putative “leaders” whose basis for power and position is…

01 Aug: Two Minutes of Torah | Eikev | Deuteronomy 7:12–11:25

As a rabbi, I’m saddened when I encounter people who feel rejected by Judaism because of  reactionary or punitive Torah verses, exclusionary…

25 Jul: Two Minutes of Torah | Va-et’chanan | Deuteronomy 3:23–7:11

“Nachamu, nachamu ami — find comfort, find comfort my people. Your term of service is over; your iniquity expiated,” the…

19 Jul: Two Minutes of Torah | D’varim | Deuteronomy 1:1−3:22

Have you ever noticed how a story’s details can morph slightly from telling to telling? It’s a trick of our…

11 Jul: Two Minutes of Torah | Matot – Mas-ei | Numbers 30:2–36:13

Jewish tradition makes use of many different names for God dependent upon situation and desired outcome. Offering prayers or making…

03 Jul: Two Minutes of Torah | Pinchas | Numbers 25:10−30:1

One might imagine, given his long history of leadership and thin pretext for not entering the Promised Land, overwhelming malevolence…

28 Jun: Two Minutes of Torah | Balak | Numbers 22:2−25:9

This week’s Torah portion, Balak, contains a very identifiable section from our morning liturgy. “How lovely are your tents, O…

21 Jun: Two Minutes of Torah | Chukat | 19:1−22:1

To fly off the handle. To go ballistic. To blow one’s lid. To lose it. We have many idioms in English for…

14 Jun: Two Minutes of Torah | Korach | Numbers 16:1−18:32

In this week’s Torah portion, Korach, two divergent models of leadership are presented. The leadership of Korach, in the words…

07 Jun: Sh’lach L’cha | Numbers 13:1−15:41

There’s nothing like the unknown to amplify fear; and there’s nothing like the wilderness to amplify the unknown. Our parsha this…

06 Jun: Thoughtful Thursday | June 6, 2018

As we reach the end of the shloshim thirty-day mourning period, I am finally able to gather my thoughts to…

30 May: Two Minutes of Torah | B’haalot’cha | Numbers 8:1−12:16

Success is not a zero-sum game. While theoretically we might understand that “a rising tide lifts all ships,” we tend…

24 May: Two Minutes of Torah | Parashat Naso – Numbers 4:21−7:89

Upon first glance, this week’s parsha, Naso, could appear to be a somewhat dry account of an Israelite census. The…

09 May: Two Minutes of Torah | Parashat B’har – B’chukotai | Leviticus 25:1-26:2 / 26:3-27:34

Fairytales and stories are replete with perfect worlds where ideals are made manifest: ideas of beauty, concepts of justice, and…

03 May: Two Minutes of Torah | Parashat Emor | Leviticus 21:1−24:23

We know that words have the power to hurt and the power to heal, and we also know that sometimes,…

26 Apr: Two Minutes of Torah | Parashat Acharei Mot – K’doshim | Leviticus 16:1-20:27

This week’s double Torah portion, Achrei Mot/Kedoshim, sends a goat straight to hell in a curious ritual of expiation. Or,…

19 Apr: Two Minutes of Torah | Parashat Tazria – M’tzora | Leviticus 12:1-15:33

Tazria-Metzora, perhaps the most challenging parsha of the most challenging book of the Torah for us moderns. This double portion…

12 Apr: Two Minutes of Torah | Parashat Sh’mini II | Leviticus 10:12–11:47

Have you ever felt entirely unequal to the task in front of you? The Hebrew prophetic tradition is famously known…

05 Apr: Two Minutes of Torah | Parashat Sh’mini I | Leviticus 9:1–10:11

Our parsha this week happens to be one of my favorites – not because it is a particularly happy tale,…

29 Mar: Two Minutes of Torah | Yom Rishon shel Pesach | Exodus 12:37-42, 13:3-10

The formative Jewish narrative — more than the creation of the State of Israel, more than the days of creation,…

22 Mar: Parashat Tzav | Leviticus 6:1−8:36

Leviticus, dense and replete with antiquated ritual though it may be, is the book that makes the Torah – the Torah….

15 Mar: Parashat Vayikra | Leviticus 1:1−5:26

Arnold Eisen, Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary (the Conservative Movement’s rabbinical school), teaches that the Book of Leviticus, which…

08 Mar: Parashat Vayak’heil – P’kudei | Exodus 35:1–40:38

There is a common misconception that art was not an historic part of the ancient Israelite, and indeed, Jewish worship…

01 Mar: Parashat Ki Tisa | Exodus 30:11−34:35

“Today I am a man; tomorrow I return to the 7th grade” goes the classic joke about religious maturity occurring…

21 Feb: Parashat T’tzaveh | Exodus 27:20−30:10

Nestled within Parshat Tetzaveh, amidst detailed descriptions of the priestly garments we find a tantalizingly occult relic from the priesthood:…

14 Feb: Parashat T’rumah | Exodus 25:1−27:19

“God spoke to Moses saying: ‘Tell the Israelite people to bring Me gifts; you shall accept gifts for Me from…

08 Feb: Parashat Mishpatim | Exodus 21:1−24:18

Mishpatim, the rules laid out in this week’s appropriately-named Torah portion, are those commandments that inherently make sense, that come…

31 Jan: Parashat Yitro | Exodus 18:1-20:23

Metaphor abounds in our Torah; there is no shortage of poetic language used to describe God, God’s relationship with us,…

25 Jan: Parashat B’shalach | Exodus 13:17-17:16

Imagine the scene: you’ve just left Egypt with all of your belongings on your back, surrounded by everyone you know,…

18 Jan: Parashat Bo | Exodus 10:1−13:16

“Speak to the whole community of Israel and say that on the tenth of this month each of them shall take…

11 Jan: Parashat Va-eira • Exodus 6:2−9:35

Why do we drink four cups of wine during our commemoration of Passover? A historian might point out the parallels…

11 Jan: Parashat Va-eira • Exodus 6:2−9:35

Why do we drink four cups of wine during our commemoration of Passover? A historian might point out the parallels…

04 Jan: Parashat Sh’mot • Exodus 1:1−6:1

“A new king arose over Egypt who knew not Joseph,” we read in this week’s Torah portion, Shemot, beginning both a…

04 Jan: Parashat Sh’mot • Exodus 1:1−6:1

“A new king arose over Egypt who knew not Joseph,” we read in this week’s Torah portion, Shemot, beginning both a…

28 Dec: Parashat Va-y’chi • Genesis 47:28−50:26

Teaching Us How To Say Goodbye As we approach the end of the book of Genesis, our parsha features the…

28 Dec: Parashat Va-y’chi • Genesis 47:28−50:26

Teaching Us How To Say Goodbye As we approach the end of the book of Genesis, our parsha features the…

21 Dec: Parashat Vayigash • Genesis 44:18-47:27

B’shert It’s a term we Jews use colloquially to characterize something fated, something meant to be, or even something ordained…

21 Dec: Parashat Vayigash • Genesis 44:18-47:27

B’shert It’s a term we Jews use colloquially to characterize something fated, something meant to be, or even something ordained…

14 Dec: Parashat Mikeitz • Genesis 41:1−44:17

“Seven years of plenty to be followed by seven years of scarcity,” Joseph interprets from Pharaoh’s dreams. Pharaoh recognizes Joseph’s…

14 Dec: Parashat Mikeitz • Genesis 41:1−44:17

“Seven years of plenty to be followed by seven years of scarcity,” Joseph interprets from Pharaoh’s dreams. Pharaoh recognizes Joseph’s…

06 Dec: Parshat Vayeshev • Genesis 37:1−40:23

Parshat Vayeshev introduces us to Joseph, our famous dreamer, whose story asks us to take careful notice of our dreams….

06 Dec: Parshat Vayeshev • Genesis 37:1−40:23

Parshat Vayeshev introduces us to Joseph, our famous dreamer, whose story asks us to take careful notice of our dreams….

22 Nov: Parashat Vayeitzei • Genesis 28:10-32:3

Much ink has been spilled about Jacob’s dream in this week’s Torah portion Vayeitzei. The angels defy our expectations by…

22 Nov: Parashat Vayeitzei • Genesis 28:10-32:3

Much ink has been spilled about Jacob’s dream in this week’s Torah portion Vayeitzei. The angels defy our expectations by…

16 Nov: Parashat Tol’dot • Genesis 25:19−28:9

This week’s Torah portion, Toledot, speaks of sibling rivalry in mythic proportions. Jacob, the younger son, conspires with his mother…

16 Nov: Parashat Tol’dot • Genesis 25:19−28:9

This week’s Torah portion, Toledot, speaks of sibling rivalry in mythic proportions. Jacob, the younger son, conspires with his mother…

09 Nov: Parashat Chayei Sarah • Genesis 23:1−25:18

“The life of Sarah was 127 years, such was the span of Sarah’s life,” (Genesis 23:1) Chayyei Sarah – The Life…

09 Nov: Parashat Chayei Sarah • Genesis 23:1−25:18

“The life of Sarah was 127 years, such was the span of Sarah’s life,” (Genesis 23:1) Chayyei Sarah – The Life…

02 Nov: Parashat Vayeira • Genesis 18:1-22:24

A Blessed Welcome “Hospitality to wayfarers is greater than welcoming the Divine Presence” – Talmud,  Shab. 127a    Of the…

02 Nov: Parashat Vayeira • Genesis 18:1-22:24

A Blessed Welcome “Hospitality to wayfarers is greater than welcoming the Divine Presence” – Talmud,  Shab. 127a    Of the…

27 Oct: Parashat Lech L’cha • Genesis 12:1−17:27

“Once or twice in a lifetime, a man or woman may choose a radical leaving, having heard, ‘Lech L’cha –…

27 Oct: Parashat Lech L’cha • Genesis 12:1−17:27

“Once or twice in a lifetime, a man or woman may choose a radical leaving, having heard, ‘Lech L’cha –…

19 Oct: Parashat Noach • Genesis 6:9−11:32

Noah walked with God. The crafter of the ark, the savior of animals and humanity from the flood, the hero…

19 Oct: Parashat Noach • Genesis 6:9−11:32

Noah walked with God. The crafter of the ark, the savior of animals and humanity from the flood, the hero…

10 Oct: B’reishit • Genesis 1:1−6:8

And so it begins, again. On Friday Night we will unfurl a Torah scroll, read the final verses of Deuteronomy…

10 Oct: B’reishit • Genesis 1:1−6:8

And so it begins, again. On Friday Night we will unfurl a Torah scroll, read the final verses of Deuteronomy…

09 Oct: Challenge 2.0 – From Me to We (Episode 1)

The Treacy Levine Center is dedicated to promoting understanding, bridging divides, and building relationships amongst people across religious, cultural, ethnic,…

09 Oct: Challenge 2.0 – From Me to We (Episode 1)

The Treacy Levine Center is dedicated to promoting understanding, bridging divides, and building relationships amongst people across religious, cultural, ethnic,…

09 Oct: Rabbi Daniel Weiner on KUOW

Bill Radke of KUOW talks with Rabbi Daniel Weiner about how to confront the recent flare-up of antisemitism in America….

09 Oct: Rabbi Daniel Weiner on KUOW

Bill Radke of KUOW talks with Rabbi Daniel Weiner about how to confront the recent flare-up of antisemitism in America….

06 Oct: A Special Rabcast from Rabbi Daniel Weiner

In response to the recent, tragic massacre in Las Vegas, Rabbi Weiner wants to share a special Rabcast from a…

06 Oct: A Special Rabcast from Rabbi Daniel Weiner

In response to the recent, tragic massacre in Las Vegas, Rabbi Weiner wants to share a special Rabcast from a…

14 Sep: Parashat Nitzvaim-Vayeilech • Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20, 31:1-30

During my first year of rabbinical school in Israel the jewelry of a particular silversmith was popular amongst my classmates….

14 Sep: Parashat Nitzvaim-Vayeilech • Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20, 31:1-30

During my first year of rabbinical school in Israel the jewelry of a particular silversmith was popular amongst my classmates….

07 Sep: Parashat Ki Tavo • Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8

The month of Elul offers us the opportunity to prepare in earnest for the High Holy Days to come. Just…

07 Sep: Parashat Ki Tavo • Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8

The month of Elul offers us the opportunity to prepare in earnest for the High Holy Days to come. Just…

01 Sep: Parashat Ki Teitzei • Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19

Watch The Best of Rabcast for Rabbi Daniel Weiner’s interpretation of this week’s Torah portion.  

01 Sep: Parashat Ki Teitzei • Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19

Watch The Best of Rabcast for Rabbi Daniel Weiner’s interpretation of this week’s Torah portion.  

24 Aug: Parashat Shoftim • Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9

Watch The Best of Rabcast for Rabbi Weiner’s interpretation of this week’s parashah.

24 Aug: Parashat Shoftim • Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9

Watch The Best of Rabcast for Rabbi Weiner’s interpretation of this week’s parashah.

17 Aug: Parashat R’eih • Deuteronomy 11:26–16:17

“Take care not to offer your burnt offerings in any place you like but only in the place that God…

17 Aug: Parashat R’eih • Deuteronomy 11:26–16:17

“Take care not to offer your burnt offerings in any place you like but only in the place that God…

16 Aug: What I Wish A President Had Said Last Shabbat, by Rabbi Daniel Weiner

My fellow Americans… In the aftermath of the tragic events continuing to unfold in Charlottesville, I want to first offer…

16 Aug: What I Wish A President Had Said Last Shabbat, by Rabbi Daniel Weiner

My fellow Americans… In the aftermath of the tragic events continuing to unfold in Charlottesville, I want to first offer…

10 Aug: Parashat Eikev • Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25

Our parsha this week continues with the overarching theme of review that is the book of Deuteronomy. Parshat Eikev finds the Israelites…

10 Aug: Parashat Eikev • Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25

Our parsha this week continues with the overarching theme of review that is the book of Deuteronomy. Parshat Eikev finds the Israelites…

03 Aug: Parashat Va-et’chanan • Deuteronomy 3:23–7:11

The book of Deuteronomy is replete with Moses’ instructions for the Israelites as they face a future without their stalwart…

03 Aug: Parashat Va-et’chanan • Deuteronomy 3:23–7:11

The book of Deuteronomy is replete with Moses’ instructions for the Israelites as they face a future without their stalwart…

27 Jul: Parashat Devarim • Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22

In his commentary on this week’s portion, Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22), Nachmanides states: “It is a repetition of the Torah, in…

27 Jul: Parashat Devarim • Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22

In his commentary on this week’s portion, Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22), Nachmanides states: “It is a repetition of the Torah, in…

20 Jul: Parashat Mattot–Ma’asei • Numbers 30:2–36:13

This week in Torah we find ourselves at the very end of the book of Numbers. These endings are momentous,…

20 Jul: Parashat Mattot–Ma’asei • Numbers 30:2–36:13

This week in Torah we find ourselves at the very end of the book of Numbers. These endings are momentous,…

13 Jul: Auf Wiedersehen and Shalom, by Rabbi Daniel Weiner

As I reflect on my recent trip to Germany at the invitation of the German Foreign Ministry (detailed daily at…

13 Jul: Auf Wiedersehen and Shalom, by Rabbi Daniel Weiner

As I reflect on my recent trip to Germany at the invitation of the German Foreign Ministry (detailed daily at…

13 Jul: Parashat Pinchas • Numbers 25:10−30:1

While much of the Mishnah is a dense discussion of Torah and early Jewish legalism, one tractate stands out for…

13 Jul: Parashat Pinchas • Numbers 25:10−30:1

While much of the Mishnah is a dense discussion of Torah and early Jewish legalism, one tractate stands out for…

06 Jul: Parashat Balak • Numbers 22:2−25:9

“Who is wise?” our sages ask in Pirkei Avot. “One who learns from everyone.” This quote forms part of the summer theme campers at URJ Camp Kalsman are studying and is particularly poignant in the context of this week’s Torah portion. Balaam, a prophet sent to curse the Israelites, is enlightened by one so humble as his donkey.

06 Jul: Parashat Balak • Numbers 22:2−25:9

“Who is wise?” our sages ask in Pirkei Avot. “One who learns from everyone.” This quote forms part of the summer theme campers at URJ Camp Kalsman are studying and is particularly poignant in the context of this week’s Torah portion. Balaam, a prophet sent to curse the Israelites, is enlightened by one so humble as his donkey.

29 Jun: Parashat Chukat • Numbers 19:1-22:1

This week’s Torah portion, Chukat (Numbers 19:1-22:1), describes a most curious incident. When commanded to “speak to the rock” in order to produce water for the Israelites to drink, Moses instead hit the rock with his staff. Though this was exactly the recipe for producing water Moses had used previously (in Exodus 17:6), this time it is seen as an act of defiance. God took offense, claiming “Because you did not trust Me enough to affirm My sanctity in the sight of the Israelite people, therefore you shall not lead this congregation into the land that I have given them.”

29 Jun: Parashat Chukat • Numbers 19:1-22:1

This week’s Torah portion, Chukat (Numbers 19:1-22:1), describes a most curious incident. When commanded to “speak to the rock” in order to produce water for the Israelites to drink, Moses instead hit the rock with his staff. Though this was exactly the recipe for producing water Moses had used previously (in Exodus 17:6), this time it is seen as an act of defiance. God took offense, claiming “Because you did not trust Me enough to affirm My sanctity in the sight of the Israelite people, therefore you shall not lead this congregation into the land that I have given them.”

15 Jun: Sh’lach L’cha • Numbers 13:1−15:41

As the culmination of the ancient Israelites’ wandering in the desert approached, Moses sent spies to scout Eretz Yisrael. Ten came back quite concerned about the reality they saw: “The country that we traversed and scouted is one that devours its settlers. All the people that we saw in it are men of great size… and we looked like grasshoppers to ourselves, and so we must have looked to them!” (Number 13:33-34) Only two, Caleb and Joshua, maintained faith in God and certainty in their ability to enter the Promised Land.

15 Jun: Sh’lach L’cha • Numbers 13:1−15:41

As the culmination of the ancient Israelites’ wandering in the desert approached, Moses sent spies to scout Eretz Yisrael. Ten came back quite concerned about the reality they saw: “The country that we traversed and scouted is one that devours its settlers. All the people that we saw in it are men of great size… and we looked like grasshoppers to ourselves, and so we must have looked to them!” (Number 13:33-34) Only two, Caleb and Joshua, maintained faith in God and certainty in their ability to enter the Promised Land.

07 Jun: Parashat B’ha’a’lotcha • Numbers 8:1-12:16

I’m going to let you in on a little secret – one that my sorority sisters and college a cappella buddies wouldn’t necessarily be thrilled over me telling you. Well … maybe it’s not a secret so much as a “trick of the trade” or one of those “everyone-knows-this-is-how-they-do-it-but-no-one-wants-to-admit-it” things. Are you ready?

07 Jun: Parashat B’ha’a’lotcha • Numbers 8:1-12:16

I’m going to let you in on a little secret – one that my sorority sisters and college a cappella buddies wouldn’t necessarily be thrilled over me telling you. Well … maybe it’s not a secret so much as a “trick of the trade” or one of those “everyone-knows-this-is-how-they-do-it-but-no-one-wants-to-admit-it” things. Are you ready?

01 Jun: Parashat Naso • Numbers 4:21−7:89

Watch the Best of Rabcast for Rabbi Weiner’s interpretation of this week’s parashah, Naso.

01 Jun: Parashat Naso • Numbers 4:21−7:89

Watch the Best of Rabcast for Rabbi Weiner’s interpretation of this week’s parashah, Naso.

25 May: Parashat Ba’midbar • Numbers 1:1-4:20

Parshat Ba’midbar, the opening of our fourth book of Torah, Numbers, always seems to come around at exactly the right moment. Jews all over the world read this Torah portion this Shabbat, right in the midst of this season of transition. We will read Ba’midbar – which translates as “in the wilderness…” as our children and grandchildren prepare for prom and senior projects, as they graduate from high school and college, and as families worldwide – particularly in the Pacific Northwest – gear up for the blissful days and cool nights of summer. Yes, transition abounds this time of year, and perhaps no more powerful symbol of transition exists than what we find in the turning of our Jewish calendar.

25 May: Parashat Ba’midbar • Numbers 1:1-4:20

Parshat Ba’midbar, the opening of our fourth book of Torah, Numbers, always seems to come around at exactly the right moment. Jews all over the world read this Torah portion this Shabbat, right in the midst of this season of transition. We will read Ba’midbar – which translates as “in the wilderness…” as our children and grandchildren prepare for prom and senior projects, as they graduate from high school and college, and as families worldwide – particularly in the Pacific Northwest – gear up for the blissful days and cool nights of summer. Yes, transition abounds this time of year, and perhaps no more powerful symbol of transition exists than what we find in the turning of our Jewish calendar.

18 May: Parshayot B’har-B’hukotai • Leviticus 25:1-26:2, 26:3-27:34

Is God’s love conditional? Most of us would (hopefully) answer no. Of course the God of our imaginations and prayers…

18 May: Parshayot B’har-B’hukotai • Leviticus 25:1-26:2, 26:3-27:34

Is God’s love conditional? Most of us would (hopefully) answer no. Of course the God of our imaginations and prayers…

11 May: Parashat Emor • Leviticus 21:1-24:23

Watch The Best of Rabcast for Rabbi Daniel Weiner’s interpretation of this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Emor.

11 May: Parashat Emor • Leviticus 21:1-24:23

Watch The Best of Rabcast for Rabbi Daniel Weiner’s interpretation of this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Emor.

10 May: Arabian Knights of Faith: The Road From Abu Dhabi, by Rabbi Daniel Weiner

Ten rabbis, ten imams and ten evangelical ministers board planes to Abu Dhabi at the invitation of the Government of…

10 May: Arabian Knights of Faith: The Road From Abu Dhabi, by Rabbi Daniel Weiner

Ten rabbis, ten imams and ten evangelical ministers board planes to Abu Dhabi at the invitation of the Government of…

04 May: Parashat Acharei Mot – K’doshim • Leviticus 16:1−20:27

“You shall not deal deceitfully or falsely with one another.” “You shall not place a stumbling block before the blind.”…

04 May: Parashat Acharei Mot – K’doshim • Leviticus 16:1−20:27

“You shall not deal deceitfully or falsely with one another.” “You shall not place a stumbling block before the blind.”…

27 Apr: Parashat Tazria – M’tzora • Leviticus 12:1-15:33

We are counting: one by one.  The Jewish community this week continues to count the Omer, numbering the days between…

27 Apr: Parashat Tazria – M’tzora • Leviticus 12:1-15:33

We are counting: one by one.  The Jewish community this week continues to count the Omer, numbering the days between…

19 Apr: Parashat Sh’mini • Leviticus 9:1−11:47

Watch the Rabcast for Rabbi Daniel Weiner’s interpretation of this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Sh’mini.

19 Apr: Parashat Sh’mini • Leviticus 9:1−11:47

Watch the Rabcast for Rabbi Daniel Weiner’s interpretation of this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Sh’mini.

13 Apr: Chol HaMo-eid Pesach • Exodus 33:12−34:26

Straits of Possibility In Hebrew, words often carry deeper, inter-connected meaning ripe for interpretation. The Hebrew word for Egypt, a…

13 Apr: Chol HaMo-eid Pesach • Exodus 33:12−34:26

Straits of Possibility In Hebrew, words often carry deeper, inter-connected meaning ripe for interpretation. The Hebrew word for Egypt, a…

06 Apr: Parashat Tzav • Leviticus 6:1-8:36

With our Passover narrative so focused on the sacrifice of a lamb, it seems strange that the only kosher meat…

06 Apr: Parashat Tzav • Leviticus 6:1-8:36

With our Passover narrative so focused on the sacrifice of a lamb, it seems strange that the only kosher meat…

30 Mar: Parashat Vayikra • Leviticus 1:1-5:26

A recent New York Times article (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/health/teenagers-drugs-smartphones.html?_r=0) posed the question, “are teenagers replacing drugs with smart phones?’ Citing a recent survey titled “Monitoring the…

30 Mar: Parashat Vayikra • Leviticus 1:1-5:26

A recent New York Times article (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/health/teenagers-drugs-smartphones.html?_r=0) posed the question, “are teenagers replacing drugs with smart phones?’ Citing a recent survey titled “Monitoring the…

23 Mar: Parashat Vayak’heil-P’kudei • Exodus 35:1−40:38

Teaching Torah – and making it relevant to all generations – isn’t always easy. Some parashiyot (portions) are laden with…

23 Mar: Parashat Vayak’heil-P’kudei • Exodus 35:1−40:38

Teaching Torah – and making it relevant to all generations – isn’t always easy. Some parashiyot (portions) are laden with…

09 Mar: Parashat T’tzaveh • Exodus 27:20−30:10

How are we supposed to lead? There are many different types of leaders in the world. People have different styles…

09 Mar: Parashat T’tzaveh • Exodus 27:20−30:10

How are we supposed to lead? There are many different types of leaders in the world. People have different styles…

02 Mar: Parashat T’rumah • Exodus 25:1−27:19

This week’s Torah portion, T’rumah, opens with the command to Moses: “Tell the Israelite people to bring Me gifts; you…

02 Mar: Parashat T’rumah • Exodus 25:1−27:19

This week’s Torah portion, T’rumah, opens with the command to Moses: “Tell the Israelite people to bring Me gifts; you…

16 Feb: Parashat Yitro • Exodus 18:1−20:23

This week’s Torah portion establishes [at least] two important foundations for the Jewish people. The first – and much better-known…

16 Feb: Parashat Yitro • Exodus 18:1−20:23

This week’s Torah portion establishes [at least] two important foundations for the Jewish people. The first – and much better-known…

09 Feb: Parashat B’shalach • Exodus 13:17-17:16

Having crossed the Sea of Reeds, before even uttering a sigh of relief, the Israelites break into song. Known as…

09 Feb: Parashat B’shalach • Exodus 13:17-17:16

Having crossed the Sea of Reeds, before even uttering a sigh of relief, the Israelites break into song. Known as…

03 Feb: Parashat Bo • Exodus 10:1-13:16

According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, “Traditional theism holds that God is the creator of heaven and earth, and that…

03 Feb: Parashat Bo • Exodus 10:1-13:16

According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, “Traditional theism holds that God is the creator of heaven and earth, and that…

26 Jan: Parashat Va-eira • Exodus 6:2−9:35

Custom during the Passover Seder is to remove ten drop of wine from the second glass, diminishing our symbol of…

26 Jan: Parashat Va-eira • Exodus 6:2−9:35

Custom during the Passover Seder is to remove ten drop of wine from the second glass, diminishing our symbol of…

19 Jan: Parashat Sh’mot • Exodus 1:1-6:1

What’s in a name? That’s the question coloring this week’s parashah, Sh’mot, as we open the book of Exodus this…

19 Jan: Parashat Sh’mot • Exodus 1:1-6:1

What’s in a name? That’s the question coloring this week’s parashah, Sh’mot, as we open the book of Exodus this…

19 Jan: Parashat Va-y’chi • Genesis 47:28-50:26

 “All good things must come to an end,” wrote Chaucer in the 1380s – and it’s possible he was referencing parashat…

19 Jan: Parashat Va-y’chi • Genesis 47:28-50:26

 “All good things must come to an end,” wrote Chaucer in the 1380s – and it’s possible he was referencing parashat…

29 Dec: Parshat Mikeitz • Genesis 41:1-44:17

Years of abundance followed by years of famine. Years of gladness followed by years of sorrow. Years of good followed…

29 Dec: Parshat Mikeitz • Genesis 41:1-44:17

Years of abundance followed by years of famine. Years of gladness followed by years of sorrow. Years of good followed…

22 Dec: Parshat Vayeishev • Genesis 37:1-40:23

We’ve reached that moment in Genesis where Jacob has “settled down:” vayeshev means, ‘and [Jacob] settled.’ In this Torah portion…

22 Dec: Parshat Vayeishev • Genesis 37:1-40:23

We’ve reached that moment in Genesis where Jacob has “settled down:” vayeshev means, ‘and [Jacob] settled.’ In this Torah portion…

21 Dec: Parshat Vayeishev • Genesis 37:1-40:23

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21 Dec: Parshat Vayeishev • Genesis 37:1-40:23

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15 Dec: Parshat Vayishlach • Genesis 32:4−36:43

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15 Dec: Parshat Vayishlach • Genesis 32:4−36:43

Watch the Rabcast for Rabbi Daniel Weiner’s interpretation of this week’s Torah portion.      

08 Dec: Parshat Vayeitzei – Genesis 28:10-32:3

I love it when the seemingly novel and insightful trends of the moment actually find antecedent in the timely wisdom…

08 Dec: Parshat Vayeitzei – Genesis 28:10-32:3

I love it when the seemingly novel and insightful trends of the moment actually find antecedent in the timely wisdom…

01 Dec: Parshat Tol’dot • Genesis 25:19-28:9

The holiday season has officially begun! Many of us kicked off this most joyous time of year seated around large…

01 Dec: Parshat Tol’dot • Genesis 25:19-28:9

The holiday season has officially begun! Many of us kicked off this most joyous time of year seated around large…

23 Nov: Parashat Chayei Sarah • Genesis 23:1–25:18

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23 Nov: Parashat Chayei Sarah • Genesis 23:1–25:18

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17 Nov: Parashat Vayeira • Genesis 18:1-22:24

From a place of great personal pain can come overwhelming care and protection of others. This week’s Torah portion, Vayeira…

17 Nov: Parashat Vayeira • Genesis 18:1-22:24

From a place of great personal pain can come overwhelming care and protection of others. This week’s Torah portion, Vayeira…

10 Nov: Parashat Lech L’cha • Genesis 12:1-17:27

On account of Sarai, “al d’var Sarai,” the Egyptians are punished in this week’s Torah portion. First, some backstory. With…

10 Nov: Parashat Lech L’cha • Genesis 12:1-17:27

On account of Sarai, “al d’var Sarai,” the Egyptians are punished in this week’s Torah portion. First, some backstory. With…

03 Nov: Parashat Noach • Genesis 6:9-11:32

God’s covenant with Abraham includes the information that he will live a good, long life and be reconnected with his…

03 Nov: Parashat Noach • Genesis 6:9-11:32

God’s covenant with Abraham includes the information that he will live a good, long life and be reconnected with his…

27 Oct: Parashat B’reishit • Genesis 1:1-6:8

Meaning and Metaphor It is an error in perspective to believe that those who came before us were primitive in…

27 Oct: Parashat B’reishit • Genesis 1:1-6:8

Meaning and Metaphor It is an error in perspective to believe that those who came before us were primitive in…

20 Oct: Chol Ha’Moed Sukkot • Parshat Ki Tisa • Exodus 33:12–34:26

Have you ever had a crisis of faith? In Ki Tisa, found in the book of Exodus but read during…

20 Oct: Chol Ha’Moed Sukkot • Parshat Ki Tisa • Exodus 33:12–34:26

Have you ever had a crisis of faith? In Ki Tisa, found in the book of Exodus but read during…

11 Oct: Parashat Haazinu • Deuteronomy 32:1–52

This week’s Two Minutes of Torah come to you courtesy of the URJ (Union for Reform Judaism). A Failure of…

11 Oct: Parashat Haazinu • Deuteronomy 32:1–52

This week’s Two Minutes of Torah come to you courtesy of the URJ (Union for Reform Judaism). A Failure of…

06 Oct: Parshat Vayeilech • Deuteronomy 31:1–30

This week’s Torah portion, Vayeilech, contains a verbal curiosity. Our sacred text, known for its paucity of words — wouldn’t…

06 Oct: Parshat Vayeilech • Deuteronomy 31:1–30

This week’s Torah portion, Vayeilech, contains a verbal curiosity. Our sacred text, known for its paucity of words — wouldn’t…

29 Sep: Parshat Nitzavim • Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20

During our Tuesday night high school program, Livnot Chai, our 9th and 10th graders walked through the difficult language of…

29 Sep: Parshat Nitzavim • Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20

During our Tuesday night high school program, Livnot Chai, our 9th and 10th graders walked through the difficult language of…

22 Sep: Parshat Ki Tavo • Deuteronomy 21:6–29:8

The Commandment to Love and Help the Stranger This week’s Two Minutes of Torah are courtesy of ReformJudaism.org and Reuven…

22 Sep: Parshat Ki Tavo • Deuteronomy 21:6–29:8

The Commandment to Love and Help the Stranger This week’s Two Minutes of Torah are courtesy of ReformJudaism.org and Reuven…

15 Sep: Parshat Ki Teitzei • Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19

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15 Sep: Parshat Ki Teitzei • Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19

Watch Rabbi Daniel Weiner’s Rabcast for his reflection on Parshat Ki Teitzei.

08 Sep: Parshat Shof’tim • Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9

“Justice, justice you shall pursue” we read in this week’s Torah portion. In a sacred literature where every word matters,…

08 Sep: Parshat Shof’tim • Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9

“Justice, justice you shall pursue” we read in this week’s Torah portion. In a sacred literature where every word matters,…

08 Sep: Parshat Shof’tim • Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9

Watch Rabbi Daniel Weiner’s Rabcast for his reflection on Parshat Shof’tim.

08 Sep: Parshat Shof’tim • Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9

Watch Rabbi Daniel Weiner’s Rabcast for his reflection on Parshat Shof’tim.

01 Sep: Parshat Re’eh • Deuteronomy 11:26–16:17

All life is a series of choices. Some are small: what to eat for dinner, whether to hit the snooze…

01 Sep: Parshat Re’eh • Deuteronomy 11:26–16:17

All life is a series of choices. Some are small: what to eat for dinner, whether to hit the snooze…

25 Aug: Parshat Eikev • Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25

We Jews are the “Chosen People”. This idea, and these words, might be used as either a moral imperative or…

25 Aug: Parshat Eikev • Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25

We Jews are the “Chosen People”. This idea, and these words, might be used as either a moral imperative or…

19 Aug: Parshat V-etchanan • Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11

The Power of Love When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. -Jimi…

19 Aug: Parshat V-etchanan • Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11

The Power of Love When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. -Jimi…

11 Aug: Parshat D’varim • Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22

This weekend, traditional Jewish communities around the world recognize Tisha b’Av. It is a lesser-known day in our Jewish calendar that commemorates the destruction…

11 Aug: Parshat D’varim • Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22

This weekend, traditional Jewish communities around the world recognize Tisha b’Av. It is a lesser-known day in our Jewish calendar that commemorates the destruction…

04 Aug: Parshat Matot / Mas’ei • Numbers 30:2-36:13

“The Israelites set out from Rameses and encamped at Succoth. They set out from Succoth and encamped at Etham. They…

04 Aug: Parshat Matot / Mas’ei • Numbers 30:2-36:13

“The Israelites set out from Rameses and encamped at Succoth. They set out from Succoth and encamped at Etham. They…

28 Jul: Parashat Pinchas • Numbers 25:10-30:1

The RNC, the DNC, and Parashat Pinchas The Democratic National Convention, following on the heels of the Republican National Convention,…

28 Jul: Parashat Pinchas • Numbers 25:10-30:1

The RNC, the DNC, and Parashat Pinchas The Democratic National Convention, following on the heels of the Republican National Convention,…

21 Jul: Parshat Balak • Numbers 22:2-25:9

What does it mean “to dwell apart?” At first blush, the phrase conjures any number of benign images: a divorced…

21 Jul: Parshat Balak • Numbers 22:2-25:9

What does it mean “to dwell apart?” At first blush, the phrase conjures any number of benign images: a divorced…

14 Jul: Parashat Chukat • Numbers 19:1-22:1

Parashat Hukkat – Deafening Silence I’ve often heard that bad things come in threes. For Moses this week, they certainly…

14 Jul: Parashat Chukat • Numbers 19:1-22:1

Parashat Hukkat – Deafening Silence I’ve often heard that bad things come in threes. For Moses this week, they certainly…

07 Jul: Parashat Korach • Numbers 16:1-18:32

High Noon and Holiness Inspired by my father’s penchant for citing parallels between narrative themes in Judaism and film, this…

07 Jul: Parashat Korach • Numbers 16:1-18:32

High Noon and Holiness Inspired by my father’s penchant for citing parallels between narrative themes in Judaism and film, this…

30 Jun: Parshat Sh’lach L’cha • Numbers 13:1–15:41

View the Rabcast for Rabbi Daniel Weiner commentary on this week’s Torah portion, Sh’lach L’cha: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFUYY4ddj9U      

30 Jun: Parshat Sh’lach L’cha • Numbers 13:1–15:41

View the Rabcast for Rabbi Daniel Weiner commentary on this week’s Torah portion, Sh’lach L’cha: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFUYY4ddj9U      

23 Jun: Parshat B’haalot’cha • Numbers 8:1–12:16

One of the clichés of modern capitalist society is the struggle to “fill the void” – that is, to quench…

23 Jun: Parshat B’haalot’cha • Numbers 8:1–12:16

One of the clichés of modern capitalist society is the struggle to “fill the void” – that is, to quench…

16 Jun: Parshat Naso • Numbers 4:21–7:89

In this weeks Torah Portion, Parashat Naso, we read the priestly benediction: a threefold blessing we recite on Shabbat over…

16 Jun: Parshat Naso • Numbers 4:21–7:89

In this weeks Torah Portion, Parashat Naso, we read the priestly benediction: a threefold blessing we recite on Shabbat over…

09 Jun: Parshat B’midbar • Numbers 1:1–4:20

“Come on now, count the Omer You can count the Omer Come on now, count the Omer 1, 2, 3,…

09 Jun: Parshat B’midbar • Numbers 1:1–4:20

“Come on now, count the Omer You can count the Omer Come on now, count the Omer 1, 2, 3,…

25 May: Parshat B’har • Leviticus 25:1-26:2

One of my most beloved movie heroes, Ferris Bueller, delivers the following line in the 1986 film which bears his…

25 May: Parshat B’har • Leviticus 25:1-26:2

One of my most beloved movie heroes, Ferris Bueller, delivers the following line in the 1986 film which bears his…

19 May: Parshat Emor • Leviticus 21:1–24:23

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19 May: Parshat Emor • Leviticus 21:1–24:23

Watch the Rabcast for Rabbi Daniel Weiner’s interpretation of this week’s Torah portion, Emor:

19 May: Parshat Emor • Leviticus 21:1–24:23

This week’s Torah portion, Emor, forms a perfect counterpoint to last week’s portion, Kedoshim. Parashat Kedoshim, sometimes known as the Holiness Code, presented…

19 May: Parshat Emor • Leviticus 21:1–24:23

This week’s Torah portion, Emor, forms a perfect counterpoint to last week’s portion, Kedoshim. Parashat Kedoshim, sometimes known as the Holiness Code, presented…

12 May: Parshat Kedoshim • Leviticus 19:1-20:27

“You must not curse the deaf nor put a stumbling block before the blind but shall fear God (Leviticus 19:14).”…

12 May: Parshat Kedoshim • Leviticus 19:1-20:27

“You must not curse the deaf nor put a stumbling block before the blind but shall fear God (Leviticus 19:14).”…

05 May: Parshat Acharei Mot II • Leviticus 18:1-30

Scholars can debate whether Azazel was a place, some variety of ancient demon, or simply a word meaning “for complete…

05 May: Parshat Acharei Mot II • Leviticus 18:1-30

Scholars can debate whether Azazel was a place, some variety of ancient demon, or simply a word meaning “for complete…

27 Apr: Parshat Aharei Mot • Leviticus 16:1-18:30

People often ask me what one does during six years of rabbinical school, most of them curious about what we study and…

27 Apr: Parshat Aharei Mot • Leviticus 16:1-18:30

People often ask me what one does during six years of rabbinical school, most of them curious about what we study and…

21 Apr: Parshat Pesach • Exodus 12:37-42; 13:3-10

Josh and I like to joke that every meal is “Kosher-for-Passover” in our house. This isn’t true, of course ……

21 Apr: Parshat Pesach • Exodus 12:37-42; 13:3-10

Josh and I like to joke that every meal is “Kosher-for-Passover” in our house. This isn’t true, of course ……

14 Apr: Parshat Metzora • Leviticus 14:1–15:33

The book of Leviticus is a tough one. Upon first glance, it is a book about ancient sacrifice and practices…

14 Apr: Parshat Metzora • Leviticus 14:1–15:33

The book of Leviticus is a tough one. Upon first glance, it is a book about ancient sacrifice and practices…

05 Apr: Parshat Tazria • Leviticus 12:1–13:59

The role of individuals in determining holiness is a central feature of Jewish law. A Torah scroll, Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik…

05 Apr: Parshat Tazria • Leviticus 12:1–13:59

The role of individuals in determining holiness is a central feature of Jewish law. A Torah scroll, Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik…

05 Apr: Parashot Tazria and Metzora • Leviticus 12:1–13:59 and 14:1–15:33

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05 Apr: Parashot Tazria and Metzora • Leviticus 12:1–13:59 and 14:1–15:33

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31 Mar: Parshat Shemini • Leviticus 9:1–11:47

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31 Mar: Parshat Shemini • Leviticus 9:1–11:47

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24 Mar: Parshat Tzav • Leviticus 6:1–8:36

The title of this week’s parsha, Tzav, emerges from the same root as that of mitzvah, translated here as “commandment.”…

24 Mar: Parshat Tzav • Leviticus 6:1–8:36

The title of this week’s parsha, Tzav, emerges from the same root as that of mitzvah, translated here as “commandment.”…

17 Mar: Parshat Vayikra • Leviticus 1:1–5:26

I did not realize until Monday morning of this week – my first in the office as I transition back…

17 Mar: Parshat Vayikra • Leviticus 1:1–5:26

I did not realize until Monday morning of this week – my first in the office as I transition back…

10 Mar: Parshat P’kudei • Exodus 38:21–40:38

He Ain’t Heavy? The End of Exodus After seemingly interminable descriptions of the materials and design of the Mishkan—the portable…

10 Mar: Parshat P’kudei • Exodus 38:21–40:38

He Ain’t Heavy? The End of Exodus After seemingly interminable descriptions of the materials and design of the Mishkan—the portable…

03 Mar: Parshat Vayakhel • Exodus 35:1–38:20

Israeli poet Yehudah Amichai,after the verse in Micah 4, wrote: “Don’t stop after beating the swords into plowshares, don’t stop!…

03 Mar: Parshat Vayakhel • Exodus 35:1–38:20

Israeli poet Yehudah Amichai,after the verse in Micah 4, wrote: “Don’t stop after beating the swords into plowshares, don’t stop!…

25 Feb: Parshat Ki Tisa • Exodus 30:11–34:35

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25 Feb: Parshat Ki Tisa • Exodus 30:11–34:35

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18 Feb: Parashat T’tzaveh • Exodus 27:20–30:10

Beaten Toward Redemption The mark of a ubiquitous and resonant idea is the ability to inspire both high and low…

18 Feb: Parashat T’tzaveh • Exodus 27:20–30:10

Beaten Toward Redemption The mark of a ubiquitous and resonant idea is the ability to inspire both high and low…

11 Feb: Parashat Terumah • Exodus 25:1-27:19

“The entire universe is full of God’s glory” (Isaiah 6:3). “The Heavens are My throne, and the earth is My…

11 Feb: Parashat Terumah • Exodus 25:1-27:19

“The entire universe is full of God’s glory” (Isaiah 6:3). “The Heavens are My throne, and the earth is My…

04 Feb: Parshat Mishpatim • Exodus 21:1–24:18

Watch the Rabcast for Rabbi Daniel Weiner’s interpretation of this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Mishpatim:

04 Feb: Parshat Mishpatim • Exodus 21:1–24:18

Watch the Rabcast for Rabbi Daniel Weiner’s interpretation of this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Mishpatim:

28 Jan: Parshat Yitro • Exodus 18:1–20:23

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28 Jan: Parshat Yitro • Exodus 18:1–20:23

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21 Jan: Parshat Beshalach • Exodus 13:17-17:16

In this weeks torah portion Beshalach the Israelites are finally on their way to freedom. As they made their way…

21 Jan: Parshat Beshalach • Exodus 13:17-17:16

In this weeks torah portion Beshalach the Israelites are finally on their way to freedom. As they made their way…

13 Jan: Parshat Bo • Exodus 10:1-13:16

“Why do Jews wear those funny boxes on their heads?” While such a question would be considered offensive in most…

13 Jan: Parshat Bo • Exodus 10:1-13:16

“Why do Jews wear those funny boxes on their heads?” While such a question would be considered offensive in most…

07 Jan: Parshat Va’era • Exodus 6:2-9:35

This week’s Torah portion, Va’era (Exodus 6:2-9:35) begins with an introduction. “God spoke to Moses and said to him: ‘I…

07 Jan: Parshat Va’era • Exodus 6:2-9:35

This week’s Torah portion, Va’era (Exodus 6:2-9:35) begins with an introduction. “God spoke to Moses and said to him: ‘I…

31 Dec: Parshat Shemot • Shemot 1:1–6:1

“A new king arose over Egypt who knew not Joseph.” This week’s Torah portion, the first in the Book of…

31 Dec: Parshat Shemot • Shemot 1:1–6:1

“A new king arose over Egypt who knew not Joseph.” This week’s Torah portion, the first in the Book of…

23 Dec: Parshat Vayechi • Genesis 47:28–50:26

As Sir Thomas More languished in the Tower of London awaiting almost certain death, he penned a meditation on the…

23 Dec: Parshat Vayechi • Genesis 47:28–50:26

As Sir Thomas More languished in the Tower of London awaiting almost certain death, he penned a meditation on the…

17 Dec: Parshat Vayigash • Genesis 44:18–47:27

Fallen Dominoes The Domino Theory has gotten a bad rap for its role in reactionary, anti-Communist foreign policy during the Vietnam War….

17 Dec: Parshat Vayigash • Genesis 44:18–47:27

Fallen Dominoes The Domino Theory has gotten a bad rap for its role in reactionary, anti-Communist foreign policy during the Vietnam War….

10 Dec: Parshat Mikketz • Genesis 41:1-44:17

Dream On This week’s Torah portion, Mikketz, recounts some of the most famous and enduring dream sequences in Jewish literature….

10 Dec: Parshat Mikketz • Genesis 41:1-44:17

Dream On This week’s Torah portion, Mikketz, recounts some of the most famous and enduring dream sequences in Jewish literature….

03 Dec: Parshat Vayeishev • Genesis 37:1-40:23

There is a colloquial saying derived from the word “assume”. When we make an assumption, it states, we make a…

03 Dec: Parshat Vayeishev • Genesis 37:1-40:23

There is a colloquial saying derived from the word “assume”. When we make an assumption, it states, we make a…

25 Nov: Parshat Vayishlach • Genesis 32:4-36:43

This week’s parsha begins with momentum: having fled the house of Laban, his father-in-law, Jacob now anxiously prepares for his reunion with…

25 Nov: Parshat Vayishlach • Genesis 32:4-36:43

This week’s parsha begins with momentum: having fled the house of Laban, his father-in-law, Jacob now anxiously prepares for his reunion with…

18 Nov: Parshat Vayetzei • Genesis 28:10-32:3

Imagine you’ve just instigated a huge shift in your known universe: having followed the instruction of one parent to dupe…

18 Nov: Parshat Vayetzei • Genesis 28:10-32:3

Imagine you’ve just instigated a huge shift in your known universe: having followed the instruction of one parent to dupe…

12 Nov: Parshat Toldot • Genesis 25:19–28:9

This week’s Torah gives us a lot to contemplate. In Parasha Toldot, Jacob deceives his father and brother and steals…

12 Nov: Parshat Toldot • Genesis 25:19–28:9

This week’s Torah gives us a lot to contemplate. In Parasha Toldot, Jacob deceives his father and brother and steals…

11 Nov: Parshat Toldot • Genesis 25:19–28:9

As this week’s parasha, Toldot, recounts the first generations of our people, let us revisit the creation of our Project…

11 Nov: Parshat Toldot • Genesis 25:19–28:9

As this week’s parasha, Toldot, recounts the first generations of our people, let us revisit the creation of our Project…

04 Nov: Parshat Chayei Sarah – Genesis 23:1-25:18

It is perennially ironic that the title of this week’s parsha – Chayei Sarah – speaks to the “life of Sarah,” Abraham’s wife, yet this parsha begins and ends…

04 Nov: Parshat Chayei Sarah – Genesis 23:1-25:18

It is perennially ironic that the title of this week’s parsha – Chayei Sarah – speaks to the “life of Sarah,” Abraham’s wife, yet this parsha begins and ends…

15 Oct: Parshat Noach • Genesis 6:9-11:32

“Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.” What does…

15 Oct: Parshat Noach • Genesis 6:9-11:32

“Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.” What does…

08 Oct: Parshat B’reishit • Genesis 1:1-6:8

“Bereshit bara Elohim…In the beginning, God…” The first words of Torah, which we begin reading anew this week, present us…

08 Oct: Parshat B’reishit • Genesis 1:1-6:8

“Bereshit bara Elohim…In the beginning, God…” The first words of Torah, which we begin reading anew this week, present us…

01 Oct: Parshat Chol HaMo-eid Sukkot • Exodus 33:12-34:26

“…u’dar Adonai mirushalyim.” As part of our Torah service on Shabbat morning, we sing that Torah comes from the Land…

01 Oct: Parshat Chol HaMo-eid Sukkot • Exodus 33:12-34:26

“…u’dar Adonai mirushalyim.” As part of our Torah service on Shabbat morning, we sing that Torah comes from the Land…

24 Sep: Parshat Haazinu • Deuteronomy 32:1-52

Another Yom Kippur has come and gone; we have communally and individually celebrated, reflected, and atoned. Now we shift our…

24 Sep: Parshat Haazinu • Deuteronomy 32:1-52

Another Yom Kippur has come and gone; we have communally and individually celebrated, reflected, and atoned. Now we shift our…

17 Sep: Parshat Vayeilech • Deuteronomy 31:1-30

“Tune in to the 11:00pm news if you want to keep your kids safe…” “One of you will be Chopped”…right…

17 Sep: Parshat Vayeilech • Deuteronomy 31:1-30

“Tune in to the 11:00pm news if you want to keep your kids safe…” “One of you will be Chopped”…right…

11 Sep: Parashat Nitzavim • Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20

The rock band “fun” had a song popular back in 2012 called “Some Nights.” You’ve probably heard it – with…

11 Sep: Parashat Nitzavim • Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20

The rock band “fun” had a song popular back in 2012 called “Some Nights.” You’ve probably heard it – with…

03 Sep: Parashat Ki Tavo: Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8

“When you enter the land that the Eternal your God is giving you as a heritage, and you possess it…

03 Sep: Parashat Ki Tavo: Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8

“When you enter the land that the Eternal your God is giving you as a heritage, and you possess it…

20 Aug: Parshat Shoftim • Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9

We have, at last, entered the Hebrew month of Elul. It is a sacred period in which we consciously mark…

20 Aug: Parshat Shoftim • Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9

We have, at last, entered the Hebrew month of Elul. It is a sacred period in which we consciously mark…

13 Aug: Parshat R’eih: Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17

In this week’s Torah portion — R’eih from chapter 14 in the Book of Deuteronomy — we are given the…

13 Aug: Parshat R’eih: Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17

In this week’s Torah portion — R’eih from chapter 14 in the Book of Deuteronomy — we are given the…

04 Aug: Shiva for the Dead

As the echoes of the last encore caress Sandberg’s big-shouldered host, and the gathered tribe of tapers, technicolor-adorned septuagenarians and…

04 Aug: Shiva for the Dead

As the echoes of the last encore caress Sandberg’s big-shouldered host, and the gathered tribe of tapers, technicolor-adorned septuagenarians and…

29 Jul: Parshat Va-etchanan • Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11

There is so much going on in this week’s Torah portion, Va-etchanan, that it is hard to focus on any…

29 Jul: Parshat Va-etchanan • Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11

There is so much going on in this week’s Torah portion, Va-etchanan, that it is hard to focus on any…

21 Jul: Parshat D’varim • Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22

Can you name the books of Torah in Hebrew? In English, or perhaps Greek, we have a helpful mnemonic to…

21 Jul: Parshat D’varim • Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22

Can you name the books of Torah in Hebrew? In English, or perhaps Greek, we have a helpful mnemonic to…

16 Jul: Parshat Matot/Mas’ei • Numbers 30:2 – 36:13

And the stones in the road fly out from beneath our wheels Another day, another deal, before we get back…

16 Jul: Parshat Matot/Mas’ei • Numbers 30:2 – 36:13

And the stones in the road fly out from beneath our wheels Another day, another deal, before we get back…

07 Jul: Parshat Pinchas • Numbers 25:10 – 30:1

Often overlooked in favor of examining the troubling deeds of Pinchas (after whom this Torah portion, Numbers 25:10 – 30:1,…

07 Jul: Parshat Pinchas • Numbers 25:10 – 30:1

Often overlooked in favor of examining the troubling deeds of Pinchas (after whom this Torah portion, Numbers 25:10 – 30:1,…

02 Jul: Parshat Balak • Numbers 22:2-25:9

This week’s parsha contains within it one of Torah’s rare attempts at comedy. The Moabite king Balak hires Balaam, allegedly…

02 Jul: Parshat Balak • Numbers 22:2-25:9

This week’s parsha contains within it one of Torah’s rare attempts at comedy. The Moabite king Balak hires Balaam, allegedly…

25 Jun: Parshat Chukat • Numbers 19:1 – 22:1

Rabbi Mitchell Cohen writes: “Perhaps one of the laws of Judaism that seems most distant and irrelevant in modern times…

25 Jun: Parshat Chukat • Numbers 19:1 – 22:1

Rabbi Mitchell Cohen writes: “Perhaps one of the laws of Judaism that seems most distant and irrelevant in modern times…

11 Jun: Sh’lach L’cha • Numbers 13:1-15:41

Sh’lach L’cha – Numbers 13:1-15:41 And God spoke to Moses saying, ‘Send your men, that they may survey the land…

11 Jun: Sh’lach L’cha • Numbers 13:1-15:41

Sh’lach L’cha – Numbers 13:1-15:41 And God spoke to Moses saying, ‘Send your men, that they may survey the land…

03 Jun: Parshat B’ha’alotcha • Numbers 8:1-12:16

“The Eternal One spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to Aaron and say to him, ‘when you mount the lamps, –…

03 Jun: Parshat B’ha’alotcha • Numbers 8:1-12:16

“The Eternal One spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to Aaron and say to him, ‘when you mount the lamps, –…

14 May: Parshat Behar-Behukotai • Leviticus 25:1 – 27:34

They are beautiful yellow flowers, adding a bit of color to an otherwise brown field of vision.  Small, yes, but…

14 May: Parshat Behar-Behukotai • Leviticus 25:1 – 27:34

They are beautiful yellow flowers, adding a bit of color to an otherwise brown field of vision.  Small, yes, but…

30 Apr: Parashat Kedoshim • Leviticus 19:1 – 20:27

“You shall not render an unfair decision: do not favor the poor or show deference to the rich; judge your…

30 Apr: Parashat Kedoshim • Leviticus 19:1 – 20:27

“You shall not render an unfair decision: do not favor the poor or show deference to the rich; judge your…

16 Apr: Parshat Tazria/M’tzora • Leviticus 12:1 – 15:33

Not sure which Torah portion we are supposed to read this Shabbat?  Blame the Cutheans.  Beginning some 2,736 years ago,…

16 Apr: Parshat Tazria/M’tzora • Leviticus 12:1 – 15:33

Not sure which Torah portion we are supposed to read this Shabbat?  Blame the Cutheans.  Beginning some 2,736 years ago,…

26 Mar: Parashat Tzav | Leviticus 6:1-8:36

Our parsha this week continues to outline the korbanot (sacrifices) that are to take place in the Temple. The parsha‘s…

26 Mar: Parashat Tzav | Leviticus 6:1-8:36

Our parsha this week continues to outline the korbanot (sacrifices) that are to take place in the Temple. The parsha‘s…

18 Mar: Parashat Vayikra • Leviticus 1:1-5:26

Soul Sacrifice This week we begin reading Sefer Vayikra, the Book of Leviticus, a text which challenges the contemporary faithful…

18 Mar: Parashat Vayikra • Leviticus 1:1-5:26

Soul Sacrifice This week we begin reading Sefer Vayikra, the Book of Leviticus, a text which challenges the contemporary faithful…

12 Mar: Parashat Vayakhei/Pekudei • Exodus 35:1-40:38

In this week’s Torah portion, Pekudei, Moses gives a detailed description of the building of the tabernacle, the mobile sanctuary…

12 Mar: Parashat Vayakhei/Pekudei • Exodus 35:1-40:38

In this week’s Torah portion, Pekudei, Moses gives a detailed description of the building of the tabernacle, the mobile sanctuary…

11 Mar: Parshat Ki Tisa • Exodus 30:11-34:35

I’ve often wondered what it would have been like to be Moses. Putting myself in his shoes (or, more likely,…

11 Mar: Parshat Ki Tisa • Exodus 30:11-34:35

I’ve often wondered what it would have been like to be Moses. Putting myself in his shoes (or, more likely,…

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