Posts Tagged ‘Torah’

Torah scroll dedicated at major US Army base following synagogue renovation

JTA — The top US Army chaplain installed a Torah scroll at Fort Bliss, a sprawling base on the US-Mexico border, following a three-month renovation of its synagogue. Maj. Gen. Thomas Solhjem led the April 26 dedication at the base, which is near El Paso, Texas, according to the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service, a […]

Army chaplain dedicates Torah at Fort Bliss after synagogue renovation

The top US Army chaplain installed a Torah scroll at Fort Bliss, a sprawling base on the US-Mexico border, following a three-month renovation of its synagogue. Maj. Gen. Thomas Solhjem led the April 26 dedication at the base, which is near El Paso, Texas, according to the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service, a news service […]

My Plant Based Renaissance — A poem for Torah Portion Emor

An ox or sheep you shall not slaughter itand its offspring in one day.-Leviticus 22:28 When I was a boy I used to go fishing atthe Erie Canal in the heart of the Empire State. I’ve already told you about howI never ate the fish I caught but did I mention the time another boywho […]

Rabbi saves Torah from burning inferno

A campus rabbi at the University of Cape Town ran into a burning building to save a Torah scroll from being engulfed by the flames, according to Rabbi Nissen Goldman went into save the Torah as well as other objects after the school’s Jewish student center caught fire from sweeping wildfire, which has destroyed […]

If rabbis can’t talk about public policy, what’s the point of Torah?

Text Messages is a column, produced with The Jewish Week, sharing wisdom from the weekly Torah portion. When do you call the rabbi? Sometimes to complain. (We’re Jews, after all.) But usually, a life-cycle event has taken place. A birth, thank God. An impending wedding. An illness. Too often in the last year, a death. […]

Blood, and Nudity and Moloch (Oh, My) — A poem for Torah Portion Acharei Mot-Kedoshim

Therefore, I said to the children of Israel:None of you shall eat bloodLeviticus 17:12 Rest assured, God, Adonai, Holy OneUnseen Savior, Invisible to the point ofwondering what sounds You makeor bath salts You use, as a vegetarian(and, I guess, by law as a Jew) no bloodwill pass through these lips, as I view itas sacred […]

A Bisl Torah — Selectively Silent

I underestimate the value of silence. As a student, I used to think silence was a sign of weakness. If you don’t raise your hand, you clearly don’t know the answer. But years later I realize that just because you speak more or interrupt in a conversation, you are not necessarily any brighter than those […]

I Wouldn’t Get Used to This – a poem for Torah Portion Tazria-Metzora

If a man loses the hair on [the back of] his head,he is bald. He is clean.Leviticus 13:40 No one complains when babies are baldbut let a few decades go by and if the skinof our heads becomes visible, it becomes a thing. Industries have arisen to help us deal withthis affliction. Wigs, magic hair […]

A Bisl Torah — Happy Birthday to Israel

On Tuesday night, Sinai Temple made shakshuka with Danny Corsun and Zoey Corsun of Culinary Judaics Academy. The evening was a cooking celebration in honor of Israel’s birthday. Shakshuka is a well-known Middle Eastern dish, often served in Israeli homes and restaurants for breakfast or lunch. Peppers, tomatoes, harissa, za’atar, eggs and an assortment of […]

Using his immunity, Labor MK delivers Torah for women to read at Western Wall

Freshman Labor party MK Gilad Kariv on Tuesday used his parliamentary immunity to bring a Torah scroll to the Western Wall plaza, where he handed it over to a group of women for use during their prayer service, in violation of policy at the holy site. Kariv’s actions drew condemnation from the Western Wall administration […]

It is hard to connect to the Torah as a trans Jew, but I’m trying anyway

This essay originally appeared on Alma, 70 Faces Media’s feminist Jewish culture site. Had you asked me 20 years ago, 10 years ago, even last year (truthfully, last month) if I’d ever quote the Torah in a piece I was writing, I probably would have (respectfully and nervously) laughed in your face. The Torah makes […]

Turkish police say they seized 2,000-year-old Torah scroll

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400-year-old Torah ark fully restored by Vercelli Jewish community

As the latest of a number of Jewish heritage projects coordinated by the Vercelli Jewish community in recent years, a 400-year-old wooden Aron Kodesh (Torah scroll ark) has been fully restored and will be installed in a prominent place in the city’s grand synagogue, the Jewish Heritage Europe website reported. The Moorish-style synagogue, built in the […]

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Vayikra with Rachel Posner

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The Triple Salting — A poem for Torah Portion Vayikra

And you shall salt every one of your meal offering sacrificeswith salt, and you shall not omit the salt…Leviticus 2:13 If there’s one thing I’ve learned fromthe cooking competition shows of the world, it’sif you don’t season your food you will lose. This is ancient knowledge that comesfrom the book of Leviticus where the Lordexpresses […]

A Bisl Torah — Elijah and the Tooth Fairy

Never leave your phone out. Obviously, this could be the beginning of many dilemmas, but mine isn’t what you might expect. The kids saw an open application, otherwise known as the Tooth Fairy App. It’s a great gadget. You take a picture of your sleeping child and superimpose a realistic sticker of the tooth fairy. […]

Light beyond the Shadows: The Legacy of the Czech Torah Scrolls

March 18, 2021 by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen Read on for article Book Review: Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen reviews Light beyond the Shadows: The Legacy of the Czech Torah Scrolls by Sheila Pallay and Julius Muller. When this book first arrived, I looked at it with a little trepidation. This looked like one of those nice coffee table […]

A Bisl Torah — Hide n’ Seek

My daughter insisted that our family play hide n’ seek. I’m not a big fan of the game. Kids stealthily waiting to jump out at you, closets in shambles by the end of the game, and each child wanting multiple turns. When Annie requested hide n’ seek, I countered with Bananagrams. Unsurprisingly, 30 seconds later, […]

Deaf rabbi translates Torah into sign language

LONDON  (Jewish News) — Israel’s only deaf rabbi is giving a hand to the hard of hearing by translating the entire Torah into sign language. Speaking to the Jewish News from Rishon Lezion in Israel through a sign language interpreter, Rabbi Yehoshua Soudakoff admits that it’s a “big responsibility” to try to make Judaism “accessible […]

Punica Granatum — A poem for Torah Portion Tetzaveh

And on its bottom hem you shall make pomegranatesExodus 28:33 In our home, which will, soonno longer be our home, we plantedBiblical fruits in all the available spaces. The pomegranate is the only onestill with us. The poor almond treefirst a feast for the possums – rarely allowing us a taste despiteits many blossoms, eventually […]

Get vaccinated now; the Torah commands it

February 26, 2021 by   Read on for article During my visits to coronavirus wards at hospitals across Israel, I encountered a most worrying statistic…writes Rabbi David Lau. Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. All of the hospitalized were relatively young people who had not been vaccinated. A few minutes after […]

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parshat Tetzaveh with Avi Hoffman

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A Bisl Torah — Strength in a Cookie

We continued our annual tradition of baking hamantaschen. This year, the experience was a little different. Sinai Temple joined 75 other families on zoom, communally made dough and laughed through our baking questions. How much flour? How do you create the perfect triangle shape? How many minutes in the oven? But we also asked, “Why […]

Holland: Torah scroll, hidden from the Nazis, now returns to Jewish hands

A Torah scroll that disappeared from a Dutch synagogue following the Nazi invasion into the Netherlands has been rediscovered 80 years later and returned to the Jewish community. The scroll, which appears to be intact and has been kept in excellent condition since World War II, belonged to a synagogue in the southern city of […]

My Expensive Tastes: An Origin Story — A poem for Torah Portion Terumah

And you shall make a menorah of pure gold.    Exodus 25:31 When the first thing we were asked to makerequired us to use solid gold, gold taken from our former captors, it explained allmy expensive tastes. My solid gold houseMy fat wallet My trees, bedazzled withjewel-encrusted fruit. The groceries we order fromthe solid gold […]

A Bisl Torah — Pocket Torah

In rabbinical school, common advice from mentors included, “Always have a piece of pocket Torah.” Meaning, wherever you find yourself, be ready to share a Torah lesson, story, teaching or message. In a world with so much beauty, tragedy, hope and loss, there should always be a piece of Torah to share. And yet, visually, […]

A Bisl Torah — Let Love In

In the secular world, this weekend brings in a holiday known for love. Cards exchanged, chocolates consumed, cheesy movies watched. It’s a time in which we show affection for those we care about. But if we are being honest, it is also a time in which we hope to feel honored, valued, and seen. How […]

Can I Have My Cow Back? — A poem for Torah Portion Mishpatim

After Exodus 22:4-26 Some of our best laws are here – If a fire goes forth and finds thorns… …then congratulate the fire forliving above its expectations andfinding what it needs. If a man gives his neighbor a donkeyfor safekeeping… I’ve been dreaming of receivingdonkeys with all the trust implied.I’ve been imagining a safe donkey-shelterin […]

The Wisdom of In-Laws – a poem for Torah Portion Yitro

Moses obeyed his father in law,and he did all that he said.Exodus 18:24 When I first met my father-in-lawnaturally, he was suspicious.Who was this man, who was not him?Who had not supplied his daughterwith a lifetime of foreign dollsor a baby grand piano, or music lessonsor decades of food and shelter?Who had flown across the […]

A Bisl Torah — A Time for Laughter

When is the last time you laughed? Not a quick smile, but the kind of deep belly laugh that comes out of nowhere. That kind of laugh. In a few weeks we welcome the Hebrew month of Adar in which we are told “one increases rejoicing.” The holiday of Purim reminds us that everything is […]

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