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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.

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...


May 6, 2019

In this week's Torah portion Parashah K'doshim, Rabbi Rick Jacobs tackles what it means to live a truly Jewish life. In a Parashah filled with rituals, what do we learn about living a spiritual life? We cannot only focus on personal ethics, ritual, or justice - Rabbi Jacobs shares why all are needed to imbue our lives...


Apr 29, 2019

This week's Parashah, Acharei Mot, contains a verse prohibiting homosexual acts. How does the Reform movement understand this verse? Rabbi Rick Jacobs reminds us that taking any Biblical verse too literally robs us of our diversity and strength, and causes immense pain to those excluded and forced to live in the...


Apr 22, 2019

On Passover, it's traditional to read from Song of Songs, with themes of love and spring running throughout. This week, Rabbi Rick Jacobs reminds us that the themes in this megillah (scroll) match the themes of Passover - of beauty, renewal, and rebirth are key to the season, but also remind us of the love that runs...


Apr 15, 2019

This week is Passover and Rabbi Rick Jacobs, with special guest Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, discuss the Torah portion read on Passover, focusing especially on the themes of power and powerlessness. What are we obligated to do when we are in a position of powerlessness? And on the flip side, what are we obligated to do in an...