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  1. At Home, Running for Cover

    Commentary by Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz on July 25, 2014 in Israel

    Reflections from Israel on the Rabbinical Assembly–Masorti Solidarity Mission to the South, 2014 ...

    stasch - July 24, 2014

  2. Our Prayers for Israel—For Whom Is the Message?

    Commentary by Rabbi Samuel Barth on July 25, 2014 in Israel

    A serious challenge confronting the all-too-human venture of praying to God is in working out what we can say to the “One Who knows all.” A prayer for a congregation to recite in the face of destructive storms might open with the words, “God, we s ...

    stasch - July 24, 2014

  3. Mah Nishtanah . . . A Seder for Yom Ha’atzma’ut

    Commentary by Rabbi Samuel Barth on May 16, 2014 in Israel

    In recent weeks, Medinat Israel (the State of Israel) was celebrated by citizens, residents, and the worldwide Jewish community with an array of observances for Yom Ha’atzma’ut (Israel Independence Day). In synagogues of the Conservative/Masorti M ...

    stasch - May 14, 2014

  4. Peacemaking and the Quest for Holiness

    Commentary by Professor Arnold M. Eisen on May 9, 2014 in Israel

    Truth in advertising: Rabbi Amy Eilberg (GS ’78, RS ’85) is an old and dear friend of mine—we raised our kids together in California. Rabbi Eilberg will be feted this coming week at the Rabbinical Assembly (RA) convention in Dallas as honoree of t ...

    stasch - May 7, 2014

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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