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Parashat Va'era: Leadership and New Beginnings

Moses' task was twofold: to overthrow Pharaoh's tyranny, and to make the Israelites worthy of freedom. Rabbi Lewis Eron argues that the second of these tasks was the source of Moses' true greatness.

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Yad pointer resting on very old Torah scroll
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Hashivenu Episode: Writing Ourselves into the Book of Life

We speak with Rabbi Margot Stein about the practices that sustained her while navigating profound loss, and explore how Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur invite us, again and again, to choose life.

 

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Evolve Podcast

The new Evolve podcast features interviews with thought-provoking rabbis, leaders and creators about the urgent issues faced by Jewish people today.

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A Plague of Darkness

There is a plague of darkness that has fallen not only on our land but upon the world. The coronavirus is certainly a plague that has affected every family, passing over some homes but striking too many others.

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Moses' Double Mission

Moses’ task was twofold: to overthrow Pharaoh’s tyranny, and to make the Israelites worthy of freedom. The second task was by far the harder.

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Naming the Divine

Jewish tradition names God in many ways. Why so many? And what truths lie behind the choice of a divine name? 

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