Two Jews On Guardians Of The Galaxy

Once upon a time, a young boy, named Peter Quill, who just lost his mother, is abducted by aliens and taken to a galaxy far, far away. The boy grows up to become Chris Pratt…Well not really but that’s the actor who plays Peter aka Starlord, a lovable intergalactic thief. Peter winds up stealing an […]

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Ritual Violence and Healing

A sermon by Rabbi Jill Hammer on Matot. For more information please visit romemu.org.     Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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What You Can Do for Israel (And What You Can’t)

With Israel under attack by Hamas rocket fire, many feel powerless to do anything constructive. The most constructive thing we can do is to never lose hope that peace is possible.     Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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Megillah, Daf 19

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Welcome to the Daily Daf Differently. In this episode, Rabbi Carl Perkins looks at Masechet Megillah Daf 19. On this page we explore the tension between uniformity and variety in religious practice. According to the Talmud, different communities read the Megillah (the Scroll of Esther) on different days. Yet all read the entire Megillah—even though […]

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Devarim: Moses’ Memory

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As we begin the book of Devarim we might ask questions about Moses’ memory and his motivation in sharing stories with the people. For more information about Rabbi Danny, please visit RabbiDanny.com The opening and closing music for this podcast is Coming Out of the Dark by Matt Stamm. Podcast: Play in new window | […]

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Megillah, Daf 18

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Welcome to the Daily Daf Differently. In this episode, Rabbi Carl Perkins looks at Masechet Megillah Daf 18. There are two related issues raised on this page: language and memory. The Hebrew language (the language in which Jewish sacred texts such as the Megillah and the Torah are preserved) is clearly important, but how important? […]

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Judgment Free Zone

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How the biblical Cities of Refuge and Planet Fitness can serve as models for synagogue rejuvenation.     Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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Megillah, Daf 17

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Welcome to the Daily Daf Differently. In this episode, Rabbi Carl Perkins looks at Masechet Megillah Daf 17. With this page, we begin chapter 2 of Megillah, which focuses on how the megillah is supposed to be read. The very first rule is that the megillah is to be read in order. The text goes […]

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Impossible Choices in Gaza

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Please have a look at a message I sent last week to Congregation Ansche Chesed, that is both about the Gaza situation, and about how American Jews struggle to understand its moral challenges.   Dear Friends, Two weeks into the current Gaza conflict, I may be the only American rabbi left who has not sent […]

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Elaine Kahn: Detroit Mother of IDF Lone Soldier

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The Jewish Hour with Rabbi Finman, for July 27, 2014. Rabbi Finamn talks to Elaine Kahn, the mother of an IDF Lone Soldier.     Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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