Study the Torah portion in an interesting and engaging way. Each week Rabbi Micah Streiffer discusses the weekly parashah in about 7 to 10 minutes - weaving together philosophy, spirituality and tradition, and deriving meaning for today‘s life from our ancient texts. Longer episodes include a bonus interview with leading rabbis and Jewish thought leaders.
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Bechukotai: Causes and Effects (A conversation with Rabbi Karyn Kedar)
A conversation with Rabbi Karyn Kedar. We talk about the Torah's theology of Reward and Punishment - our challenges with it and how we might understand it through liberal Jewish eyes. In the bonus interview, we discuss prayer, presence, and mindfulness via a reading of Rabbi Kedar's new book of poetry.
Rabbi Kedar's book Amen can be found here: https://www.ccarpress.org/shopping_product_detail.asp?pid=50485
Bahar: Boldly Go 🖖🏼
This week's parashah is about the Sabbatical year, in which the land lies fallow and all debts and servitude are forgiven. We find a lesson there, and in Star Trek, about living your best life.
Emor: The Corners of Your Face/Field (encore)
The Torah's strange prohibition against shaving the corners of your face is an opportunity to talk about holiness and about the relationship between ritual and ethics.
Kedoshim: You shall be holy
This week's parashah is about holiness - how we're supposed to strive for it, even through we'll never actually get there.
Achrei Mot: Yom Kippur in April??
Sacrifice? Demons? A scapegoat?? This parashah describes the levitical practices of Yom Kippur - the Day of Atonement. What meaning is there to be found for modern Jewish life in this ancient, priestly ritual?
Pesach: Fifty Exoduses
A single confusing word in the story of the Exodus yields a message about the lifelong process of becoming your best self.