Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch, delves into Esau’s character. He suggests that we try to understand why Esau is represented as an undesirable person and how this negativity reflects on us as a society.
The significance of the dream has been debated and interpreted from many perspectives- from literal to mystical. Eitan Cooper, argues that perhaps the image of angels descending from heaven is a charge to create a better society for all.
Rabbi Dr. Reb Mimi Feigelson, shares a powerful message based on parasha Toldot. What is your truth and how does God help manifest it in the world? What happens when your support system seemingly does not allow your vision to be fully actualized?
Prof. Renée Levine Melammed, shares a story of a special woman, who was renowned for her exceptional intellect in an era when many women did not learn to read. This unknown matriarch, Sarah Rivka Leah Rachel Horowitz, combined an appreciation of women’s traditional roles while demonstrating that women had far more learning abilities than was usually recognized.
Dr. David Frankel, discusses our forefather Abraham’s ability to stand up and to be different. How is Abraham, who forged his own unique path, a model of non-conformity for people today?
Dr. Tamar Kadari, Dean of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies and lecturer for Midrash and Aggadah, tells the story of Yehoshua bar Chananya who asked: “Where is God during times of trouble?”
Eitan Cooper, admires Pinchas’ leadership. Pinchas understood that there are moments when bold zealotry is required, but most of the time leadership demands dialogue and tolerance. How does this relate to the upcoming elections in Israel?
Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch, delves into Korach’s message. What is wrong with saying that everyone is holy? Couldn’t Korach actually be advocating for equality and human rights?
Dr. Einat Ramon, talks about the place of women in this important field. Political and spiritual leaders like Ada Fishman Maimon and Yemima Avital brought new perspectives to theological writing.