Parashah K'doshim

Sally Frank
May 5, 2022
I could focus on so many different aspects of the portion and still not hit all of the ways in which it calls on us to be holy. However, given what is happening in state legislatures now, I decided to highlight the ways in which this week’s Torah portion requires us to care for those neediest and refuse to take advantage of others’ disabilities or difficulties. For Parashah K’doshim calls on us to be better people and to watch out for those around us.

Parashah Acharei Mot II

Phyllis Strasberg
April 29, 2022

Although Parashah Acharei Mot II was a challenge to write about, I soon realized how relatable it is not only to myself but also to my daughter and, of course, Women of Reform Judaism.

Paying it Forward: A YES Fund Story

Rabbi Igor Zinkov
April 26, 2022
I became a YES Fund scholarship recipient during my studies at Leo Baeck College (LBC) in London from 2014 to 2019. I am deeply appreciative and endlessly grateful for your ongoing support of young rabbis like me. Your partnership goes far beyond providing financial help – your sacred work puts fundamental Jewish principles into action – the principles of community, learning, and mutual responsibility.

Parashah Acharei Mot I

Cheryl Barenberg
April 22, 2022
This week's Parashah Acharei Mot I occurs on the seventh day of Passover. I found this portion intriguing and perhaps somewhat difficult to write something meaningful, current, and on-trend with what is occurring in today’s world. After many attempts, I decided to write something that focuses on sisterhoods/women’s groups. 

Yom Rishon shel Pesach

Susan C. Bass WRJ Immediate Past President
April 15, 2022

This week’s Torah portion revisits the pivotal moment in the exodus from Egypt, when Miriam and Moses led the Israelites through the Sea of Reeds, to safety on the far side before the waters closed in, trapping and drowning the pursuing soldiers of the Pharoah

A Passover Message

April 15, 2022

In Exodus 12, verse 11 which concludes God’s commandment on how to observe the Passover sacrifice, God enjoins the Hebrew slaves of Egypt to eat the roasted lamb with “your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat

Is it Ok to Hug You?

Trina Novak
Trish Joseph
April 8, 2022
Do you belong to a “Hug and Kiss” congregation? In our communities, we greet each other with big hugs often accompanied by a kiss. This is part of our culture. These actions are fine if the two people are in consensual agreement. But, what happens when community cultural behaviors cross the line?

Parashah M'tzora

Debra Goetz, WRJ North American Board Member, Temple Emanuel, McAllen, TX
April 8, 2022
We read this parashah during the same time when many of us are cleaning or otherwise preparing for Passover. And some of us will follow the same cleaning rituals as our parents and grandparents did. As we approach this third Passover season of the pandemic, may whatever rituals are meaningful for you and your family help you move forward through these times, and may we all be able to come together in caring for ourselves and our community.

Breaking up with Rape Culture

Kate Franklin
April 4, 2022

If you would have told 18-year-old Kate that she would one day openly talk about the most painful, and for a long time, “shameful” experience of her life to hundreds and hundreds of people, her jaw would still be on the floor.