Torah

The Wisdoms of Welcome

The Wisdoms of Welcome

by Rabbi Steve Greenberg Three tired and hungry travelers are accosted by an old man. He is running, actually limping toward them. He beseeches them to come back with him and to take some nourishment, some food and drink, to rest their feet for a bit in his home. He prepares for them not a [more]
Abraham’s Calling: The Journey to Authenticity

Abraham’s Calling: The Journey to Authenticity

By R. Sunnie Epstein, Director Welcoming Shuls Project, Eshel Our Parsha begins as G-d instructs Avram to leave all that he knows from the past – his land, his birthplace, and his father’s house.   He is called to completely cut himself off from all that has occurred in his life up to this point. [more]
A Fur Coat or a Bonfire

A Fur Coat or a Bonfire

By Rabbi Steve Greenberg Noah and Abraham are both paragons of righteousness.  While both characters are deemed virtuous, it is not the similarity of these two moral giants that is highlighted by the biblical text and its interpreters, but their difference.   Noah's righteousness is seen as relative and limited, while Abraham's is essential and full.  [more]
Creation and the Problem of Twos

Creation and the Problem of Twos

Creation and the Problem of Twos Rabbi Steve Greenberg   The starting point of the Genesis story is God.  Before creation, God fills existence.   There is no-thing else, no place for an-other.    God’s oneness is without division or separation.  One is always all-powerful without needing any power-over to be so.   One is stable and sure, [more]
Rebooting Hanukkah

Rebooting Hanukkah

The meaning of the holiday changes -- and that might even be the meaning of the holiday Published in the Times of Israel December 7, 2018 What is Hanukkah? This is how the Talmud begins its short foray into the origins of Hanukkah. Remarkably, there is very little material in the Talmud on Hanukkah. While [more]
What is Chanukah?

What is Chanukah?

What is Chanukah?    This is how the Talmud begins its short foray into the origins of Chanukah. Remarkably, there is very little material in the Talmud on Chanukah.  While Purim has a tractate all its own, Chanukah merits a few scattered lines and a number of minor mentions.  Chanukah was apparently not very much [more]