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On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah, a podcast presented by ReformJudaism.org.

Each week, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union For Reform Judaism, will offer divrei Torah (insights into the weekly Torah portion) to help open up Jewish thought and its contemporary influence on your life. He condenses 2,000 years of Jewish wisdom into just 10 minutes of modern-day commentary.

There are plenty of ways to interpret Torah and we want to hear what you think. You can weigh in on this week’s Torah portion by talking to us on Twitter @URJ or at Facebook.com/reformjudaism.

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On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah, a podcast presented by ReformJudaism.org.

Each week, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union For Reform Judaism, will offer divrei Torah (insights into the weekly Torah portion) to help open up Jewish thought and its contemporary influence on your life. He condenses 2,000 years of Jewish wisdom into just 10 minutes of modern-day commentary.

There are plenty of ways to interpret Torah and we want to hear what you think. You can weigh in on this week’s Torah portion by talking to us on Twitter @URJ or at Facebook.com/reformjudaism.

    Where the Mishnah Meets the #MeToo Movement

    Where the Mishnah Meets the #MeToo Movement

    Parashat Naso includes a passage about the sotah, the "errant woman" who is accused of adultery. It's a complex and problematic part of ancient Judaism, says Rabbi Rick Jacobs, so sometimes it's deliberately avoided. In this episode, though, which originally aired in June 2019, we deliberatly dive into figuring out what it means to us today.

    • 14 min
    Our Multiracial Jewish Community

    Our Multiracial Jewish Community

    The Torah commands us to take a census of the “whole Israelite community” – but who does the counting, and who, exactly, is counted? In this episode, which first aired in June 2019, Rabbi Rick Jacobs reflects on the Jewish community's chronic undercounting Jews of Color, as reported by a recent study. What does it mean to make equitable choices, and what will it take to truly count the entirety of our community?

    • 14 min
    Do You Really Care?

    Do You Really Care?

    How much do you care about the environment? Yourself? Other people? Rabbi Rick Jacobs talks about our fundamental responsibility to care for God’s earth and attend to the neediest among us. It’s not a newfangled, 21st-century idea; it’s literally what our age-old biblical text calls for. So how do we do it? (This episode originally aired in May 2017.)

    • 10 min
    What Is Blasphemy, Anyway?

    What Is Blasphemy, Anyway?

    In ancient times, crimes of blasphemy were punished by stoning - but what does it really mean today to blaspheme? Rabbi Rick Jacobs explains the biblical prohibition against Chilul HaShem, desecrating God's name, and talks about what we are called to do to combat it. (This episode originally aired in May 2019.)

    • 13 min
    "Loving the Stranger" Isn't Always Intuitive

    "Loving the Stranger" Isn't Always Intuitive

    Let's talk about love: Torah talks about three kinds of love - and in fact, the phrase “love the stranger” appears in the Torah 36 times. Why is it written so often? Who is "the stranger," anyway? And who might be the strangers in our own lives? In this episode, which originally aired in April 2017, Rabbi Rick Jacobs talks about what it means to move from strangeness to equality to, finally, closeness and love.

    • 10 min
    Using Our Words to Heal, Not Hurt

    Using Our Words to Heal, Not Hurt

    For many Jews, Parashiyot Tazria and M’tzora are perhaps the most nerve-inducing of all the Torah portions. After all, none of us is exactly eager to discuss leprosy - or the fact that, in our ancient Jewish texts, illness is often seen as a metaphor for punishment for sin. In this episode, which originally aired in April 2017, Rabbi Rick Jacobs talks about the very real, important lessons to come out of these two portions, including the reminder to us all to be careful with our speech - especially gossip.

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
206 Ratings

206 Ratings

Rabbiyoung ,

Diversify to improve

Listening to Rabbi Jacobs every week for the first few months was fine, but in the intro it says he will sometimes have a guest. With 900 congregations in the Reform Movement, there should be more guests. They say every rabbi really has one sermon to give. We’ve heard Rabbi Jacob’s sermon. How about inviting more rabbis?

MistakenLamb ,

Wonderful insight

As a deist who is exploring their Jewish ancestry and more about the Jewish faith and how it relations today. I find Rabbi Rick Jacobs a welcoming addition to my podcast feed weekly. He provides the Torah portion in a way this non-Jew can understand. Sometimes I have to wait till I am in the right mindset to listen, if I am stressed or distracted with work or other worries because I want to be able to reflect on the words clearly. I look foward to more years of this podcast and more from the URJ

Dransphd ,

Parsha B'har

Excellent explanation.

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