• Elijah’s Covenant Between the Generations

    Commentary for Shabbat HaChodesh and Shabbat HaGadol This coming Shabbat is Rosh Chodesh Nissan, which means the clock is ticking for Pesach’s arrival. The following Shabbat, we will read as Haftarah the very last passage of the last of the classical Hebrew Prophets: Chapter 3 of “Malachi.” We name the day “Shabbat Hagadol” – referring to…
  • Addiction: The Strange Fire in Our Midst

    Commentary on Parshat Shmini (Leviticus 9:1 - 11:47) What happens when the gift we want to offer isn’t accepted? Why do our efforts to be holy sometimes have tragic consequences? Our Torah reading celebrates the completion of the Mishkan, the Tabernacle built to be God’s dwelling place amongst the people. Precise instructions have been followed, sacrifices…
  • On Not Attending Prime Minister Netanyahu’s AIPAC Speech: Jewish Sources and Analysis

    T’ruah, a network of more than 2,000 rabbis and cantors across the U.S. and Canada, calls on AIPAC attendees not to attend the speech by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as Jewish law prohibits speaking and listening to lashon hara (evil speech), consorting with evildoers, and swaying a court case. Netanyahu regularly engages in speech that denigrates…
  • Purim Newsletters

    Each year for Purim, T'ruah publishes a parody of our monthly newsletter. Because when human rights is your (gluten-free, whole wheat) bread and (organic, grass-fed, free-range) butter, you gotta laugh sometimes. Our 2019 one features "mergers in the Jewish community," "new programs for toddlers," "Independent Minyan movement condemns Sanctuary Cities," "protest signs that didn't make the cut,"…