Voices of WRJ

This weekly blog series, published on Fridays, features insights from WRJ leaders on the Torah portions from a women's perspective. Enhance your Torah learning and understanding by adding Voices to your reading list.

Parashah Ki Tetzei

Dr. Madelyn Mishkin Katz
August 19, 2021

I suspect that everyone has gone through an experience in which you felt resentful, angry or depressed about a past encounter with someone and found it hard to get past it. Someone close to you may have said, “Get over it!

Parashah R'eih

Lisa B. Schwartz, WRJ North American Board Member, Yardley, PA
August 5, 2021


Parashah R’eih (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17) opens with the verse “See, this day I set before you blessing and curse (Deut 11:26-28).” Many instructions of daily living are included in the text.

Parashah Eikev

Emily Dana, HUC-JIR Rabbinical Student, Waltham, MA
July 30, 2021

Parashah Eikev, while it may be one of the parashyot in Deuteronomy that we gloss over on our way to Simchat Torah, actually raises several challenging questions and can teach us meaningful lessons.

Parashah Va-et'chanan

Karen Sim, WRJ First Vice President, Isaac M. Wise Temple, Cincinnati, OH
July 23, 2021

 

When I was a little girl attending Sunday school, I learned about the Ten Commandments and understood the gist of most of them, particularly the commandments about one God, not stealing, and honoring my Mother and Father.

Parashah D'varim

fredi Bleeker Franks, WRJ North American Board Member, Congregation Emanu El, Houston, TX
July 16, 2021

 

Try to imagine Moses as he stands with the Israelites on the other side of the Jordan looking into the Promised Land; the land he will not be allowed to enter.