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This week’s Torah portion, Ki Tisa, is remembered for its telling of Moses’ ascent up Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments from God and the people’s loss of faith during his absence. Unsure that their leader will return, their fear of abandonment results in acts of unforgivable sins including the construction of the Golden Calf.

Moses left his brother and High Priest Aaron and Hur, son of Miriam, in charge during his absence. Both men were highly respected in the community and had attributes of leadership that seemingly complemented each other. Yet despite this, they lost...

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I must admit I was first drawn to Parashah T'tzaveh due to the opulent description of the garments commanded by G-d to Moses to be assembled for the High Priest (Kohen Gadol) Aaron and his sons. Moses was commanded to only recruit the best craftspeople to make four garments for the sons and eight for Aaron. Explicit placement of twelve gems, cords of gold, blue, purple and crimson linen with gold threads, pomegranates and bells were to adorn Aaron’s breastplate and efod (apron-like garment).

But it was G-d’s commandment to Moses regarding the lighting of the menorah that resonated...

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This essay is published as part of the WRJ “Sharing Our Stories” project – a place where Reform/Progressive women in North America and around the world share personal stories of sisterhood, spirituality and social good in an effort to help us create meaningful connections and better understanding of each other, our shared values, goals and challenges, to share what we have in common as Reform/Progressive Jewish women, and also explore our own unique identities as citizens of different cultures. 

As a young girl, it was obvious to me that my maternal grandmother was not your little...

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This week’s Torah portion, Parashah T’rumah, the Lord spoke to Moses saying “tell the Israelites to raise a contribution “T’rumah” for ME, from everyone whose heart prompts then to give, you shall raise a contribution “T’RUMAH” to create a Sanctuary, so I may dwell among them...and the people gave generously...and a Sanctuary was created.”

The portion goes on in detail describing the donations that the Jewish people gave towards building the portable temple in the desert. Jewelry, lavish textiles, precious metals, exotic wood as well as many other valuable items were donated. God...

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What were you doing this morning at 7:00 am? You were possibly getting up, getting ready for work, or leaving for work. You may have been heading somewhere for Shacharit services, in which case you were in luck, as today we welcomed Rosh Chodesh Adar.

Thirty-one WRJ women were very fortunate this morning to be arriving at the Kotel in Jerusalem by 7:00 am to participate in the monthly Rosh Chodesh service led by Women of the Wall. A few members of our group have participated in previous years in this special service. People always ask me if the atmosphere was tense (somewhat); did...

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