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Were Our Ancestors Genderqueer? Commentary on Parashat Toledot 5784

Were Our Ancestors Genderqueer? Commentary on Parashat Toledot 5784

By Rabbah Rona Matlow, Professor of Jewish Diversity Studies at Hebrew Seminary

 

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Several years ago, I wrote a series of queer midrashim (מדרשים)—expositions that expand the scope of the Torah’s concerns, usually answering questions that the Torah does not. The Torah is replete with missing words, strange […]

By |2023-11-14T19:59:26-06:00November 14, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Abraham, Isaac, Hagar, and Ishmael—A New Ending: Commentary on Parashat Chayyey Sarah 5784

Abraham, Isaac, Hagar, and Ishmael—A New Ending: Commentary on Parashat Chayyey Sarah 5784

By Rabbi Dr. Allan Kensky, Professor of Rabbinic Literature at Hebrew Seminary

 

Chayyey Sarah is about endings—and beginnings. In this portion, Sarah’s life comes to an end, and Rebecca is welcomed into the family. Abraham dies, and Isaac and Rebecca carry the faith forward. There is loss and grief, followed by a renewal […]

By |2023-11-06T22:05:14-06:00November 6, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Abraham Family, a Quietly Violent Family: Commentary on Parashat Vayyera 5784

The Abraham Family, a Quietly Violent Family: Commentary on Parashat Vayyera 5784

By Rabbah Rona Matlow, Professor of Jewish Diversity Studies at Hebrew Seminary

 

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It has been reported that, during the lockdown stages of the pandemic, domestic violence increased greatly. With families being confined to their homes, tensions were much higher, and […]

By |2023-11-01T18:35:34-05:00November 1, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Who Called First—God or Abram? Commentary on Parashat Lekh Lekha 5784

Who Called First—God or Abram? Commentary on Parashat Lekh Lekha 5784

By Rabbi Dr. Allan Kensky, Professor of Rabbinic Literature at Hebrew Seminary

 

The portion Lekh Lekha opens with an abrupt call from God to Abram, “Lekh Lekha—go forth.” Seemingly out of nowhere God calls on Abram to leave his home and family and set out for a new land. While we were introduced to Abram […]

By |2023-10-24T23:51:52-05:00October 24, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Life On a Storm-Tossed Sea: Commentary on Parashat No’ach 5784

Life On a Storm-Tossed Sea: Commentary on Parashat No’ach 5784

By Rabbah Rona Matlow, Professor of Jewish Diversity Studies at Hebrew Seminary

 

I served in the US Navy for 22 years. During that time, I deployed on two submarines, two nuclear powered cruisers, an anti-submarine frigate, and a destroyer tender (repair ship). I travelled most of the world’s oceans and had the “pleasure” of experiencing quite […]

By |2023-10-12T19:54:47-05:00October 12, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The New Energy When God Started Creating: Commentary on Parashat Bereshit 5784

The New Energy When God Started Creating: Commentary on Parashat Bereshit 5784

By Rabbah Rona Matlow, Professor of Jewish Diversity Studies at Hebrew Seminary

 

 

In the beginning of the Torah, a small dense mass of words await a universe of expounding. For decades, English-speaking Jews would read Genesis 1:1–2 from Joseph H. Hertz’s 1937 The Pentateuch and […]

By |2023-10-05T13:13:05-05:00October 5, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Could Nature Defend Miriam? Commentary on Parashat Beha’alotekha 5783

Could Nature Defend Miriam? Commentary on Parashat Beha’alotekha 5783

By Rabbi Jonah Rank, President and Rosh Yeshivah of Hebrew Seminary

 

After publishing his 1981 bestselling book When Bad Things Happen To Good People, Rabbi Dr. Harold Kushner, of blessed memory, privately counseled grieving parents who, like he, had suffered the loss of a beloved child. Rabbi Kushner believed in a God whose interventions in the world […]

By |2023-06-09T17:38:23-05:00June 9, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

All the Letters in the Book of Numbers: Commentary on Parashat Bemidbar 5783

All the Letters in the Book of Numbers: Commentary on Parashat Bemidbar 5783

By Rabbi Jonah Rank, President and Rosh Yeshivah of Hebrew Seminary

 

On the slow news morning of Tuesday, February 10, 1885—when the same front page also reported (as an entire story), “Wheat eighteen inches high is to be seen in California”—the Boston Journal shared a new fad in American education:

 

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By |2023-05-19T13:50:34-05:00May 19, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Proclaim D’ror: Commentary on Parashiyyot Behar-Bechukkotai 5783

Proclaim D’ror: Commentary on Parashiyyot Behar-Bechukkotai 5783

By Rabbi Dr. Laurence Edwards, Professor Emeritus of Bible, Jewish Thought, and Jewish History; Hebrew Seminary

 

I was eight years old when Cecil B. DeMille’s film The Ten Commandments was made. Though my father was not interested in seeing the film (“I read the book,” he said), I loved it. I was moved by Elmer Bernstein’s score, and by […]

By |2023-05-12T11:46:19-05:00May 12, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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