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 Matot-Mas’ei

Judy Wexler
July 9, 2021

In my professional work with middle school students, teaching reading and writing, I often find myself talking about compassion. It is difficult for these young adults to feel compassion for the characters in the books we readand it is especially difficult

Parashah Pinchas

Lori Motis
July 2, 2021

From the time I was a teenager, I have always thought of myself as a feminist.  I firmly believe that women should be offered all the same opportunities as men.

Parashah Balak

Rebecca Benoff, Rabbinical Student at HUC-JIR Cincinnati, Congregation Beth Shalom, Bryan, TX
June 25, 2021


“Maybe don’t wear that necklace on the plane.” “If people ask, maybe don’t tell them you’re Jewish.” “Be careful who you trust.” Traveling throughout my life, I was taught that being Jewish was something that not everyone in the world or country may like

Parashah Chukat

Julia Wackenheim, WRJ North American Board Executive Committee, Member At Large
June 18, 2021


In Parashah Chukat, “God said to Moses and Aaron, ‘Speak to the sons of Israel and find a completely red cow on which there is no blemish and no yoke has ever come.

Parashah Korach

Debra Goetz, WRJ North American Board Member, Temple Emanuel, McAllen, TX
June 11, 2021


There is something a bit disturbing about reading a Torah portion with insurrections and plague in 2021. Parashah Korach (Numbers 16:1 – 18:32) contains two different rebellion- Korah’s challenge to Aaron’s leadership of the priesthood and Dathan and