Weekly Devar Torah


Parashat Shofetim 08.26.17

Speaker: | August 26, 2017

The King’s Torah and the Torah’s King SHOFETIM BY BARRY HOLTZ, THEODORE AND FLORENCE BAUMRITTER PROFESSOR OF JEWISH EDUCATION This week’s Torah portion focuses on a wide array of topics, but underlying virtually everything we can see...


Parashat Re’eh 08.19.17

Speaker: | August 18, 2017

FROM THE CONSERVATIVE YESHIVA IN JERUSALEM Tsdaka – When Giving is Receiving Rabbi Daniel Goldfarb, Coordinator, Torah Sparks, CY, Jerusalem The late Rabbi Pinchas Peli of Jerusalem told the story of the soldiers being inducted into...


Parashat Ekev 08.12.17

Speaker: | August 13, 2017

FROM THE CONSERVATIVE YESHIVA IN JERUSALEM A Zero-Sum Conflict? Rabbi Joel Levy, Rosh Yeshiva, the Conservative Yeshiva, Jerusalem In game theory a zero-sum game is one in which each participant’s gain or loss is exactly balanced by the losses or gains...


Zechariah vs. Deuteronomy: Is God One?

Speaker: | August 04, 2017

Rabbi Peretz Rodman is Av Bet Din of the Masorti Bet Din of Eretz Yisrael. He lives in Jerusalem. What does the prophet Zechariah have against “Shema Yisrael“? The most famous line in the Torah appears in...


DEVAR TORAH – FOR TISHA B’AV

Speaker: | July 28, 2017

What is Tikkun Av? According to Jewish tradition, the second temple in Jerusalem was destroyed on the 9th of the month Av because of sinat chinam, baseless hatred among the Jewish People. Traditionally, we mourn...


Parashat Matot-Massei 07.22.17

Speaker: | July 21, 2017

The Women Who “Fix” Sefer Bemidbar (Numbers) Rabbi Daniel Goldfarb, Coordinator, Torah Sparks, the Conservative Yeshiva, Jerusalem Sefer Bemidbar (the Book of Numbers) ends with a little incident, limiting somewhat the right of women to marry.  It seems...


Parashat Balak

Speaker: | July 06, 2017

LISTENING TO LIONS BALAK BY ALISA BRAUN,  ACADEMIC DIRECTOR, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT | דבר אחר | A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE | NATURAL WORLD have personalities, temperaments, moods, and they can be voluble about all this, sometimes chatty,...


DVAR TORAH – Shabbat Rosh Codesh

Speaker: | June 22, 2017

From JTS-A Different Perspective Korah: Democrat or Demagogue? KORAH  BY ALAN MITTELMAN, AARON RABINOWITZ AND SIMON H. RIFKIND PROFESSOR OF JEWISH PHILOSOPHY KORAH IS THE FIRST LEFT OPPOSITIONIST IN THE HISTORY OF RADICAL POLITICS. -MICHAEL...


Parashat Beha’alotekha

Speaker: | June 09, 2017

FROM THE CONSERVATIVE YESHIVA IN JERUSALEM TORAH SPARKS Parashat Beha’alotekha What’s Preferable – Freedom or Free Fish? Rabbi Daniel Goldfarb, CY Faculty and Coordinator, Torah Sparks The story is told of a young monk who...


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