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In Tol’dot, The Generations (of Isaac), Rebekah is the driving force. Her pregnancy causes concern so she inquires of the Eternal One. The Eternal One said to her: “Two people are in your belly; two nations shall branch off from each other (as they emerge) from your womb. One people shall prevail over the other; the elder shall serve the younger.” (25:19-26) Esau gives Jacob his birthright in exchange for some stew. (25:27-34) Isaac plans to bless Esau, his firstborn. Rebekah and Jacob deceive Isaac so that Jacob receives the blessing. (27:1-29)

In this parashah we learn about...

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Recently, the Mission Statement for our Sisterhood in Miami was modified to end with “… as a legacy for our daughters and granddaughters”. I hope that legacy includes a willingness to persevere through the challenges that will always be present. Changing our language was part of an attempt to clarify our “Why”, an ongoing quest for meaning that reminds us to be flexible, inspiring, and dynamic.

It is so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day activities, yet we all know that the greater good is far more meaningful and profound. The “Why” can be our key to creating long-lasting...

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This week’s parasha, Va’yeira (Genesis 18:1-22:4), is chock full of familiar stories, including Abraham’s welcome of 3 strangers, the promise of the birth of Isaac and Sarah’s resultant laughter, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the casting out of Hagar, and the Akedah, the binding of Isaac.

I am choosing to focus on the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, specifically Abraham’s argument with G-d, prior to the destruction. As you may recall, when G-d tells Abraham of the plan to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham asks, “Will you sweep away the innocent along with the guilty?” (Gen...

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Sexual violence in our schools is by no means a new problem. It is clear, however, that attitudes towards the issue are shifting as the culture of normalizing gender-based violence is brought to light.

Women and men are speaking out about their experiences as survivors of campus sexual assault and the subsequent re-traumatization that occurs for many at the hands of their academic institutions and the criminal justice system. Through first-person testimony of survivors, the documentary "The Hunting Ground", an exposé of campus...

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by Nicole Villalpando

Adonai said to Abram, “Go forth from your house, to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you: I will make your name great, and it shall be a blessing.” (Genesis 12:1-2) 

Oh, if only God said to future Sisterhood leadership: “Go forth from your house, to the temple boardrooms that I will show you. I will make Sisterhood respected, and it shall be a blessing.”

Sometimes, it’s hard for women in our temples to hear the call to serve our sisterhoods. Sometimes, it’s as if they are running the other way,...

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