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There is a midrash, a Rabbinic commentary, about the first winter that Adam and Eve experienced after the Garden of Eden. This ancient tale was a portent of the lights of Hanukkah, a holiday in which we traditionally light candles during the darkest point of winter.
Originally published on the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism's blog on 7/11/11
The seven-week period between Passover and the holiday of Shavuot (which begins the evening of June 7) is called sefirat ha-omer, the “counting of the omer.” I have been overwhelmed during this time of counting by the number of tragic storm reports being received from across the country. May the counting of the days for those affected by this spring’s disasters be as short as possible and may God grant the victims the strength and fortitude to speedily recover.
An analysis of the "burning bush" as a call to awareness. Originally published for distribution on the Hazon CSA listserve.
Surviving a Tornado on the threshold of Pesach brings new messages of freedom in the face of disaster,
At Purim, Esther is made to "be prepared" to respond to a pending disaster in her community. Her message is enduring - that being prepared transcends to all potential calamities - including, of course, natural disasters.
Written by Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. Originally posted in the Huffington Post on 2/7/2011.
Written by Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. Originally posted in the Huffington Post on 2/7/2011.
Originally published on May 31, 2011 on the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism's blog: http://blogs.rj.org/rac.
This is part of the on-gong series of Divrei Torah being published on the NECHAMA, Jewish Response to Disaster web site and subsequently sent to our e-mail community.
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