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  1. The Eternal Light of Torah

    Commentary by Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz on February 5, 2014 in Israel

    At the beginning of Parashat Tetzavveh, Moses is commanded to instruct the Israelites, “bring clear oil of beaten olives for lighting, for kindling lamps regularly. Aaron and his sons will set them up in the Tent of Meeting, outside the curtain wh ...

    cldemesier - February 5, 2014

  2. Determination and Redemption

    Commentary by Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz on January 8, 2014 in Israel

    Parashat Beshallah witnesses triumphant redemption. Freed by the wonders of God and the leadership of Moses, the Israelites leave their Egyptian surroundings en route to the Promised Land of Israel. And while one would expect God to have mercy o ...

    cldemesier - January 9, 2014

  3. Israel's Safety, Israel's Soul: Hopes and Fears in Contemporary Israel

    Video by Rabbi Julia Andelman on November 21, 2013 in Israel

    On November 18, 2013, the Jewish Theological Seminary presented a provocative, illuminating, and critically important discussion between two starkly contrasting voices in Israeli society. • Should Israeli society be more concerned about the ...

    juandelman - November 21, 2013

  4. Being in the Land

    Commentary by Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz on November 6, 2013 in Israel

    Parashat Va-yetzei opens with Jacob’s flight from the Land of Israel. As a result of his deception and betrayal, Jacob is forced to flee from the murderous intent of his brother Esau. His parents, Isaac and Rebekah, urge him to return to the “old ...

    cldemesier - November 6, 2013

  5. Gratitude for the Land

    Commentary by Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz on July 24, 2013 in Israel

    Parashat Eikevis centered on the Land of Israel. As the Israelites stand on the verge of entering the Land, they are promised prosperity in return for their loyalty to God’s commandments. Torah, however, anticipates the downside of the success, af ...

    chschwartz - July 24, 2013

  6. Jerusalem

    Commentary by Rabbi Samuel Barth on July 17, 2013 in Israel

    As we emerge from our encounter with destruction and desolation on Tish’ah Be’Av, we approach Shabbat Nahamu, named for the opening words of the haftarah “ Nahamu nahamu ami ” (Be comforted, oh be comforted My people; Isa. 40:1). This becomes th ...

    chschwartz - July 17, 2013

  7. Building Bridges Among Jews

    Video by JTS on April 16, 2013 in Israel

    "Building Bridges Among Jews," a discussion with Knesset Member Dr. Ruth Calderon at JTS and an introduction by Professor Arnold M. Eisen, Chancellor, JTS. Moderator: Tova Birnbaum, director, WZO East Coast Shlicha. ...

    chschwartz - April 18, 2013

  8. Israel and Us: Responsibilities, Commitments, and Opportunities

    Video by Dr. Arnold M. Eisen on April 10, 2013 in Israel

    A special address given by Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen of the Jewish Theological Seminary entitled "Israel and Us: Responsibilities, Commitments, and Opportunities" in honor of The State of Israel's 64th year of independence, Yom H ...

    chschwartz - April 10, 2013

  9. Not Rhetoric, But Reality

    Commentary by Rabbi Marc Wolf on January 8, 2013 in Israel

    One of the more disheartening reports about Israeli society these days is that our brothers and sisters in Israel are simply not as concerned with the struggle for religious pluralism to the degree that we are in North America. Reporting this pa ...

    bidistefano - January 8, 2013

  10. Prayers for the State of Israel

    Commentary by Rabbi Samuel Barth on November 21, 2012 in Israel

    With sorrow in our hearts, we turn this week to the dangers facing Medinat Yisrael , the State of Israel, and all who live there. The circulation of “composed prayer texts” does not in any way preclude each person from pouring out his or her in ...

    bidistefano - November 21, 2012