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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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May 9, 2016

This week in parshat K'doshim, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President for the Union for Reform Judaism, wonders who is your neighbor? Can you love them even if they are not like you? If -- and when -- you do, can it change your life and even someone else’s?

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May 2, 2016

Passover may have just ended, but it’s not too early to talk about Yom Kippur and second chances. This week, Rabbi Rick Jacobs talks about making mistakes and the sometimes-negative consequences of innovation.

Apr 24, 2016

In this week's special edition of On The Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, talks about the Jewish calendar, including how we mark time and how we find meaning.

 

Apr 18, 2016

Passover means matzah, and this week, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, talks about how, love it or hate it, eating the “bread of affliction” might actually teach us about empathy. He also pushes us to think about how having tough conversations at our Passover seder might be a new kind of liberation.

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Apr 11, 2016

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, wonders if asking questions during a Passover seder is a religious mandate, or if it is actually demanded of us, and whether eating kosher for Passover bagels is really in the spirit of the holiday. 

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Apr 4, 2016

This week Rabbi Rick Jacobs teaches us from Parashat Tazria in the book of Leviticus, asking where we start when we need healing. 

Mar 28, 2016

Is there a spiritual or moral dimension to how we choose what we eat? Parashat Sh'mini from the book of Leviticus opens up a conversation about keeping kosher – Rabbi Rick Jacobs moves it along.

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Mar 21, 2016

What are we actually obligated to do? What is imposed and what do we choose? Rabbi Rick Jacobs explores Parashat Tzav.

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Mar 13, 2016

How can we be religious innovators, keeping the essence of tradition, but remembering how far we can go? Learn about these themes in Vayikra with Rabbi Rick Jacobs

Mar 6, 2016

What is the difference between individual spiritual experiences and collective experiences? Is one more powerful than the other? And, if so, what does that mean? Rabbi Rick Jacobs teaches how Parashat P'kudei highlights what can happen when communities become holy.

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Feb 29, 2016
Do you really think you can find a community without working toward building it too?  Rabbi Jacobs challenges us through the ideas of this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Vayak’heil.
 
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Feb 22, 2016

What is at the center of your life and how do you keep your focus on what matters most? Parashat Ki Tisa offers insights into this timeless question, Rabbi Rick Jacobs helps us find those answers.

Feb 15, 2016

What is the real importance of what we wear? Rabbi Rick Jacobs explores the themes of Parashat T’tzaveh, this week’s Torah portion.

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Feb 8, 2016

How do you build a world of justice, wholeness, goodness and kindness? Rabbi Jacobs offers some ideas from Parashat T'rumah.

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Feb 8, 2016

Reaching the high bar of moral, ethical life goes far beyond simply obeying the Ten Commandments. Explore this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Mishpatim, with Rabbi Jacobs.

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Feb 8, 2016

Who gives you the advice you need to hear, not just what you want to hear?  Rabbi Rick Jacobs teaches poignant lessons of humility through Parashat Yitro.

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