R’eih deals with the laws and regulations that God reveals to the Israelites just prior to entering the promised land. We learn quickly that there is no room for debate in this Covenant between God and the Israelites; loyalty to the “rules” and to God is the only way.
God promises to “favor” the people and “multiply them” if they obey and follow the commandments put forward. The laws described in R’eih relate to daily life, including worship practices, consumption of meat, debt, property ownership, tithing, treatment of widows and more. While these rules and obligations apply to...Read More
“Renew the old and sanctify the new.” – Rav Abraham Isaac Kook
The thoughtful use of technology can enhance Jewish spiritual practice and engagement. This summer, I was privileged to witness and facilitate a few exceptional examples of this while serving as faculty at the URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy. At this overnight summer camp, currently celebrating its 4th year, campers and staff utilize science and technology as tools to strengthen Jewish identities, develop Jewish community, and enrich Jewish practice.
One Shabbat afternoon during an all-camp picnic, electrified...Read More
As I made the turn onto the country road that leads to URJ’s Kutz Camp, I recalled the journey over twenty-five years ago when I showed up for my first summer at URJ’s Camp Coleman. Going to Camp Coleman, I was looking forward to a summer of canoeing and camp activities, and while I loved all those experiences, in the end I was given something even greater. Camp was my introduction to the larger Jewish community, and was integral in developing my Jewish identity.
Coming to Kutz, I was no longer an eight-year-old girl from Miami entering the mountains for the first time-- I am now...Read More
Leadership offers amazing opportunities. As a leader, you can advocate for ideas and rights, advance the goals of an organization, and make a difference in peoples’ lives. It’s also a chance to grow and broaden your horizons. Of course, leaders gain personal fulfillment for a job well done. Additionally, leaders often receive accolades and kavod.
This weeks’ Torah portion, Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25), speaks of this moment of accomplishment—when we are in the “heady glow of success”. Eikev reminds us that we are not alone in our successes. Moses cautions the Israelites to avoid...Read More
For years, members of the United States military were fighting a silent, internal battle: sexual assault was rampant and the military was covering it up. The hidden epidemic was exposed with the premiere of The Invisible War at Sundance Film Festival in 2012. The groundbreaking documentary revealed the military’s systemic mishandling of sexual assault reports and the constant retaliation against servicemembers who reported.
Through interviews with victims of military sexual assault and high-level officials, the nation quickly...Read More