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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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Jan 16, 2017

This week we start a new book of the Torah, Sh’mot, or Exodus. The book opens with, “These are the names of the children of Israel,” but it’s misleading. We don’t actually go on to read the names of the children of Israel; we go on to only read the names of the boys. Sh’mot is a stunning moment where we are reminded that sexism dates back to biblical times. In this week’s On the Other Hand, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, takes the opportunity to remind us of the amazing women of Exodus, without whom there wouldn’t even be a Jewish people today.

3 Comments
  • a year and a half ago
    Avi Crane
    Rabbi Jacobs, I married a woman named Shiffra in Israel and now she and I are סבאים x4!!
    שבת שלום
  • a year and a half ago
    Nancy Ries Morrison
    Thank you so much for providing this pod cast format and for the Torah portion lessens each week. I am trying to learn more and I play the lesson before bed instead of watching TV.
    The Exodus lesson about strong woman is especially significant to me on this sad day Trump is inaugurated.
  • a year and a half ago
    Laura Strauss
    This is why I embrace the Reform movement.