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Parashah Ki Tetzei

Dr. Madelyn Mishkin Katz
August 19, 2021

I suspect that everyone has gone through an experience in which you felt resentful, angry or depressed about a past encounter with someone and found it hard to get past it. Someone close to you may have said, “Get over it!

Parashah R'eih

Lisa B. Schwartz, WRJ North American Board Member, Yardley, PA
August 5, 2021

Parashah R’eih (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17) opens with the verse “See, this day I set before you blessing and curse (Deut 11:26-28).” Many instructions of daily living are included in the text.

Parashah Eikev

Emily Dana, HUC-JIR Rabbinical Student, Waltham, MA
July 30, 2021

Parashah Eikev, while it may be one of the parashyot in Deuteronomy that we gloss over on our way to Simchat Torah, actually raises several challenging questions and can teach us meaningful lessons.

Parashah Va-et'chanan

Karen Sim, WRJ First Vice President, Isaac M. Wise Temple, Cincinnati, OH
July 23, 2021


When I was a little girl attending Sunday school, I learned about the Ten Commandments and understood the gist of most of them, particularly the commandments about one God, not stealing, and honoring my Mother and Father.

Parashah D'varim

fredi Bleeker Franks
July 16, 2021


Try to imagine Moses as he stands with the Israelites on the other side of the Jordan looking into the Promised Land; the land he will not be allowed to enter.

Parashah Matot-Mas’ei

Judy Wexler
July 9, 2021

In my professional work with middle school students, teaching reading and writing, I often find myself talking about compassion. It is difficult for these young adults to feel compassion for the characters in the books we readand it is especially difficult

Parashah Pinchas

Lori Motis
July 2, 2021

From the time I was a teenager, I have always thought of myself as a feminist.  I firmly believe that women should be offered all the same opportunities as men.

Parashah Balak

Rebecca Benoff, Rabbinical Student at HUC-JIR Cincinnati, Congregation Beth Shalom, Bryan, TX
June 25, 2021


“Maybe don’t wear that necklace on the plane.” “If people ask, maybe don’t tell them you’re Jewish.” “Be careful who you trust.” Traveling throughout my life, I was taught that being Jewish was something that not everyone in the world or country may like

Parashah Chukat

Julia Wackenheim, WRJ North American Board Executive Committee, Member At Large
June 18, 2021


In Parashah Chukat, “God said to Moses and Aaron, ‘Speak to the sons of Israel and find a completely red cow on which there is no blemish and no yoke has ever come.

Parashah Korach

Debra Goetz, WRJ North American Board Member, Temple Emanuel, McAllen, TX
June 11, 2021


There is something a bit disturbing about reading a Torah portion with insurrections and plague in 2021. Parashah Korach (Numbers 16:1 – 18:32) contains two different rebellion- Korah’s challenge to Aaron’s leadership of the priesthood and Dathan and