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On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah

On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah, a podcast presented by ReformJudaism.org. Each week, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union For Reform Judaism, will offer divrei Torah (insights into the weekly Torah portion) to help open up Jewish thought and its contemporary influence on your life. He condenses 2,000 years of Jewish wisdom into just 10 minutes of modern-day commentary. There are plenty of ways to interpret Torah and we want to hear what you think. You can weigh in on this week’s Torah portion by talking to us on Twitter @URJ or at Facebook.com/reformjudaism.
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Sep 4, 2017

Ki Tavo translates to “when you get there.” the phrasing is “when,” and not “if,” because the Torah reminds us that there was never a doubt that the Israelites would reach The Land of Milk and Honey. Still, Parashat Ki Tavo serves as an important reminder of who the Israelites were: wanderers. In this episode of On the Other Hand, listen to Rabbi Rick Jacobs describe why this point, and this parashah as a whole, are so important.

2 Comments
  • over a year ago
    Alisha Attella
    Thank you for this. I am a student in the early stages of conversion and this reflection really touched me. My last name, Attella, is an Ellis Island happenstance of our Lebanese family name Ataullah, a derivation of the Aramaic Attallah, so quite literally my fathers were wandering Arameans. I really never made that powerful connection before listening to this podcast, I was focused on a sense of atonement for the part that my ancestors may have played in the suffering of the Jewish people in their region. Now, I am moving forward into the Days of Awe looking instead at how to not repeat any mistakes that those who came before me may have made, and instead to meditate in solidarity with those who now wander as the Attalahs of our history once did, and how I as an Attella have come through times of need and desperation to rest now in relative comfort with my family. May these blessings never seem ordinary, and may we help others find safe harbor and bounty.
  • over a year ago
    Joel Elliot
    WHEN you get there, not if you get there.
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