Rabbi Howard Cohen | Reconstructing Judaism

Rabbi Howard Cohen

Standing Together in Covenant

Rabbi Howard Cohen explores the notion of standing at Sinai to receive Torah— not as a one-time event, but as a task for every generation.

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It Reached No Further

When divine inspiration comes, is it accessible to all? Or must we cultivate ourselves to receive it?

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Silence as Protest

Modern audiences are repelled by the violence found in Parashat Pinkhas. But is a form of protest embodied even in the Torah itself? 

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Tzara'at and Selfishness

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

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On Shabbat HaGadol

Rabbi Howard Cohen reflects on Shabbat HaGadol, the Sabbath before Passover. 

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Symbolism of Rainbows

Rabbi Howard Cohen explores the symbolism of the rainbow in the Flood story. 

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"Hearing" The "Voice" of God

What does it mean to “hear” the commanding “voice” of God? A key word in this Torah portion suggests that it is not necessarily all that clear.

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Covenant as Marriage

Shabbat Bemidbar usually falls near Shavuot: the day traditionally designated as the anniversary of the revelation of Torah at Mt. Sinai. According to a midrash, Shavuot is like the wedding anniversary of God and the Jewish people.

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