Despite their conflicting identities Jacob and Esau were able to put aside their differences and come together to bury their father Isaac.
What does the Torah have to say about the issue of refugee? Ms. Gritsevskaya and Father Ray Kelly, discuss the emotional topic of immigration and refugees.
Rabbi Dr. Reb Mimi Feigelson: We have a free will; what will our journey look like in the new year? And who are we going to be once we get to our destination?
Israel is already one of the most densely populated countries in the world. What are the potentially destructive implications of our extraordinarily high birthrate?
Israeli cantor and musician Saralee Shrell-Fox shares her experience teaching in this unique camp, which provides an opportunity for teenagers to encounter a joyous Jewish community environment and create connections that last a lifetime.
How do we overcome aloneness in the world? In Parshat Eikev the word love is used four times as we are commanded to “circumcise our hearts” and love God. Rabbi Dr. Reb Mimi Feigelson, Mashpiah Ruhanit (Spiritual Mentor) and senior lecturer of Rabbinics and Hasidic Thought at the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary, explores these different understandings of commanded love and suggests a connection between loving God and the creation of the first human in Genesis.
The Ten Commandments appear in the Torah twice: once in the Book of Exodus, in Parshat Yitro, and the second time in Deuteronomy, in Parshat Va’etchanan. The prohibition “Thou shalt not covet” in the Exodus version says “Do not covet the household of your neighbor”, and then lists the neighbor’s belongings: his “wife, his servants, his ox and his donkey.” In Deuteronomy the prohibition is somewhat different. It states, first and foremost, “Thou shalt not covet your neighbor’s wife”, and only then “thou shalt not covet the household of your neighbor”. Why the difference? Read more on how sacred texts change to reflect evolving morality.
Was Moses responsible for the decisions made by the Israelites? Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch, Dean of the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary, discusses the responsibilities of leadership. How can we guide people to choose right from wrong and make good decisions? Watch the video below:
What makes a great leader? Rabbi Professor David Golinkin, President of The Schechter Institutes, discusses Parshat Beha’alotcha and the six qualities that made Moses successful as head of the Israelites. Everyone from Biblical rulers to politicians today can find value in characteristics ranging from humility to a willingness to ask for help.
Parshat Tazria-Metzora offers a confusing depiction of skin afflictions and potential treatments that, for many people, have little connection to modern life. Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch, Dean of the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary, suggests that the perplexing descriptions like “a white discoloration on the skin of his body which does not appear to be deeper than the skin and the hair in it has not turned white” (Lev. 13:4) may offer the modern reader an opportunity for self-examination about our relationships with God.