This week’s torah portion, Mishpatim, which translates into ‘these are the rules’, covers three broad areas: interpersonal laws, laws about ritual and the assent to the covenant, na’aseh venishma, which begins the start of Moses’ forty days on the mountain. Here we find familiar passages such as ‘an eye for an eye’ alongside dictates on how to treat the widow and the stranger. With over fifty mitzvot outlined in this section alone, it’s clear this portion ‘presents the rabbis with a field day of Torah laws and statutes...Read More
Each year, the New York campus of HUC-JIR hosts an evening where the scholarship students and donors can meet and mingle. On January 27, along with WRJ Executive Director Rabbi Marla Feldman, I attended this year’s Scholarship Recognition Dinner, where we had the pleasure of meeting two of this year’s WRJ’s scholars – Ariel Milan-Polisar and Rachael Pass.
The evening began with wine and hors-d'oeuvres in the HUC-JIR lobby, and an opportunity to meet our “WRJ scholars” and other scholarship recipients... followed by Havdalah, and then dinner in the great space downstairs. We heard...Read More
Our Sedra addresses an event that was wondrously terrifying and terrifyingly wonderful. The Israelites stood at the foot of Mount Sinai, newly escaped from slavery in Egypt. They had already been the victims of a vicious attack by Amalek on their way to the mountain, and yet they trusted in the God of Moses, the God before Whose power the Reed Sea was divided.
The Midrash struggles to portray the scene, to find words that can somehow describe the ineffable. We are taught that the voice of God thundered out to the people from the south and then from the north and then from the east...Read More
On January 20, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. ET the 45th president of the United States was sworn into office.
The next day, throughout the world, women and men alike joined together in the streets to march against hatred, sexism, persecution, and bigotry among other points of division. Many WRJ women took part in those protests and demanded equality for all and a stop to oppression.
One year later, women and men once again entered the streets to continue this fight. We asked a few WRJ women to share their experiences at the 2017 march and to look back and reflect on this year of...Read More
I had the opportunity to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem on my first trip to Israel through the Reform Movement’s Sci-Tech Israel program. Jerusalem was one of the most anticipated stops on our tour of numerous factories and tech-startups located throughout the nation. My soul was swelling with excitement; I knew I was footsteps away from a place I had merely visited in childhood daydreams. As I walked through the women’s courtyard for the very first time, I noticed that a stark barrier stood distinctly to my left, separating me from the...Read More