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Parashat Hayey Sarah: The Missing Pieces of Sarah's Life

This Torah portion, whose name translates as "Sarah's Life," ironically begins with her death. Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton examines rabbinic traditions that illuminate Sarah's life and legacy.

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Evolve Podcast

In the past few decades, descendants of Jews who had been forced to flee, convert, or hide Jewish practices during the Inquisition have been seeking to reconnect with Jewish communities. At times, they have been embraced, other times shunned, and, too often, encountered Jewish experiences that didn’t authentically reflect their Sephardic roots.

 

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A Jewish Community Where All Can Thrive

Amanda Mbuvi, Ph.D., is the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College’s new vice president for academic affairs. We delve into Mbuvi’s desire to deepen how people and communities think about diversity and identity, offer some thoughts on the findings of the Jews Of Color Initiative's latest study and share our hopes for the High Holidays and the coming year.

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Filling in the Missing Pieces of Sarah's Life

This Torah portion, whose name translates as “Sarah’s Life,” ironically begins with her death. Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton examines rabbinic traditions that illuminate Sarah’s life and legacy. 

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