Opportunities and Challenges – A Sermon for Sh’lach Lecha 5775

This is the “messing up big-time” portion of the Torah. Over the next couple of weeks, we will read about two major incidents where the Israelites just simply screw up in God’s eyes. Next week, it will be the rebellion of Korach, who tries to usurp Moses and speak for God. And to whom badContinue reading “Opportunities and Challenges – A Sermon for Sh’lach Lecha 5775”

Don’t Blame Dinah! A Jewish Response to Domestic Abuse

(Below is my sermon delivered last Shabbat – Parashat Vayishlach 5770 – December 4, 2009) Vayishlach might be my favorite Torah portion… because of the wealth of important stories that are found here. Right here in one portion you have Jacob wrestling with the angel. It tells about the Patriarch’s name being changed to YisraelContinue reading “Don’t Blame Dinah! A Jewish Response to Domestic Abuse”