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Tune in weekly to hear Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union For Reform Judaism, offer divrei Torah (insights into the weekly Torah portion) to help open up Jewish thought and its contemporary influence on your life.

Jun 10, 2019

What happens when the Me Too Movement meets Parashat Naso? This week’s complicated Torah portion about unfair trials and jealous men is a reminder that we must call out inequitable practices and right past wrongs – even (and especially) our own. Rabbi Rick Jacobs invokes Elizabeth Cady Stanton, as he reminds us that...

Jun 3, 2019

In this week’s Torah portion, Parashat B'midbar, we're commanded to take a census of the “whole Israelite community.” Rabbi Rick Jacobs reflects on a new study from the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative, on what it means to include the “whole” community, including women and Jews of Color, and why it’s...

May 27, 2019

This week, we close out the book of Leviticus with Parashat B’chukotai, and learn about the rewards of following the commandments. Hear Rabbi Rick Jacobs’s take on why it’s important to not just live a virtuous life for ourselves, but also to help make our communities more ethical.

May 20, 2019

In this week’s Torah portion, Parashat B’har, we learn commandments around economic and environmental justice. In a time where income inequality is growing, Rabbi Rick Jacobs explains how Jewish tradition can inform our response to this modern-day issue.

May 13, 2019

This week's Torah portion, Parashat Emor, deals with the crime of blasphemy, which was punished by stoning. Rabbi Rick Jacobs tackles what this prohibition actually means: a Chilul HaShem - a desecration of God's name. To combat it, we must devote ourselves to kiddush HaShem - a sanctification and uplifting of God's...