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Hashivenu: A Podcast on Resilience

In this extended episode for Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), we hear from Rabbi Phillip Lazowski, who survived the Holocaust as a child. He shares experiences that shaped his vision and sense of purpose.

Tazri'a/Meztora: Selfishness and Community

Rabbi Howard Cohen explores the meaning attributed to disease in this Torah portion, and its relevance today. 

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Yad pointer resting on very old Torah scroll
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More on Tazri'a and Metzora

Illness and Connection

In moments of greatest potential isolation — illness and death — connections arise. 

D'var Torah

Birth of Humility

The Torah states that women, after giving birth, need to make a sacrificial offering. But why? Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben suggests that it's not for the reason you think.

D'var Torah

Finding Healing in Separation

When does a disease bring its own cure with it? Rabbi Steven Nathan investigates the deeper meaning of the superficial ailments in Tazria and Metzora.

D'var Torah

Tzara'at and Selfishness

Rabbi Howard Cohen examines the meaning attributed to disease in this Torah portion, and considers its application for today.

D'var Torah

The Gift of Impermanence: A Story for Parashat Tazria/Metzora

This story implicitly addresses the question, “Why does the Torah make such a fuss about skin lesions, of all things?” It is situated in the wilderness camp of the ancient Israelites. A girl discovers an odd lesion on her arm. Eventually this leads to a diagnosis of “tzaraat” and of her being declared impure. She is put into isolation outside the camp. As we accompany her along the way, we learn some spiritual lessons that the Torah may have intended for its ancient audience. 

D'var Torah

Why Do We Pray? A D'var Torah on Tazria/Metzora

What is the difference between religious thought and religious experience? Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer explores this question in the context of parashat Tazria/Metzora.

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