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.
L’hitraot, for Now...
After four years of bringing you a new episode nearly every week, this podcast is taking a little break. Listen to this episode to learn more about our hiatus and where to find us in the meantime.
The Antidote to Kvetching
Most of us today aren’t tasked with wandering through the desert, like the ancient Israelites were... but we still find plenty to kvetch about! What if, instead of focusing on small annoyances, we turned to community-building and togetherness? This episode first aired in May 2018.
The Blessing of Blessing One Another
Parashat Naso, the longest of all the Torah portions, features a famous blessing – but what does it mean for us to bless one another? Is it a power reserved for clergy, or is it something any of us can do? In this episode, which first aired in May 2017, Rabbi Rick Jacobs talks about what kind of actions constitute a blessing and who, exactly, we have the ability to bless.
How the Book of Ruth Connects Us All Today
Chag Sameach and welcome to a special Shavuot edition of On the Other Hand! On this week’s holiday episode, Rabbi Rick Jacobs talks about Ruth, her connection to this unique Jewish festival, and what her story of unity and bridge-building means for us as we celebrate Shavuot today.
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.
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?
Finally a podcast that provides inspiration for jews like me. I am sorry that this podcast stopped over a year ago - I just found it! Fortunately there are lots of episodes to review. I hope they get back to it - the liberal Jewish community needs leadership and grounding more than ever = people who believe in the value of being Jewish and make it relevant and interesting in today’s world!
Rabbi Jacobs is very clear in his explanations and I feel he understands me as a multi ethnic Jewish women. After listening to him I always feel that I want to be a better person. I want to learn more about my Judaism and get closer to Hashem. And I want to try to make the world better for all people, places and animals.
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