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Seven Minute Torah

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Making modern meaning from ancient texts! Each week Rabbi Micah Streiffer discusses the weekly Torah portion in about 7 to 10 minutes, through liberal Jewish eyes. We weave together philosophy, spirituality, tradition, and social justice - and derive meaning for today‘s life from our sacred sources. Longer episodes include a bonus interview with leading rabbis and Jewish thought leaders. With questions or comments, please contact me at rabbistreiffer@gmail.com.

Location:

Canada

Description:

Making modern meaning from ancient texts! Each week Rabbi Micah Streiffer discusses the weekly Torah portion in about 7 to 10 minutes, through liberal Jewish eyes. We weave together philosophy, spirituality, tradition, and social justice - and derive meaning for today‘s life from our sacred sources. Longer episodes include a bonus interview with leading rabbis and Jewish thought leaders. With questions or comments, please contact me at rabbistreiffer@gmail.com.

Twitter:

@mstreiffer

Language:

English

Contact:

647-629-0613


Episodes

The Healing Power of Presence (Tazria - encore)

4/9/2024
Tazria is about scaly skin disease and priestly diagnosis. But when we examine it through the Rabbis' eyes, it is about our responsibility to each other in times of suffering. We explore a story from the Talmud that helps drive home that idea. --------------------------------- www.patreon.com/sevenminutetorahhttps://laasok.org/support/https://laasok.org/https://www.facebook.com/groups/sevenminutetorahgrouprabbistreiffer@gmail.com

Duration:00:10:12

Don't eat that! Or do... it's up to you (Sh'mini)

4/2/2024
Sh'mini outlines the laws of kashrut - which animals traditionally may and may not be eaten in Judaism. How does liberal Judaism approach the rules and traditions around keeping kosher in modern Jewish life? --------------------------------- www.patreon.com/sevenminutetorahhttps://laasok.org/support/https://laasok.org/https://www.facebook.com/groups/sevenminutetorahgrouprabbistreiffer@gmail.com

Duration:00:13:35

We Need Each Other (Tzav)

3/26/2024
In this portion we find an obscure rule about the thanksgiving offering: it must be eaten on the day that it is offered. Turns out there is an important lesson there about our need for community. --------------------------------- www.patreon.com/sevenminutetorahhttps://laasok.org/support/https://laasok.org/https://www.facebook.com/groups/sevenminutetorahgrouprabbistreiffer@gmail.com

Duration:00:10:06

Does God Hear our Prayers... and Does it Matter?? (Vayikra)

3/19/2024
This week's Torah portion is about sacrifice in the ancient Jewish Temple. It's a good opportunity for us to talk about the purpose(s) of prayer, and about how we can relate to prayer if we're not sure that God is on the other end listening. --------------------------------- www.patreon.com/sevenminutetorahhttps://laasok.org/support/https://laasok.org/https://www.facebook.com/groups/sevenminutetorahgrouprabbistreiffer@gmail.com

Duration:00:12:16

Building a Sanctuary; Building a World (P'kudei)

3/12/2024
The book of Exodus ends with the completion of the Mishkan - the portable sanctuary in the desert. Why do the Rabbis compare the creation of the Mishkan with the creation of the entire world? --------------------------------- www.patreon.com/sevenminutetorahhttps://laasok.org/support/https://laasok.org/https://www.facebook.com/groups/sevenminutetorahgrouprabbistreiffer@gmail.com

Duration:00:10:49

A Good Name (Vayak'hel)

3/5/2024
In this episode we explore a Midrash on the Torah portion, in which the Rabbis talk about what it means to have a "good name." --- www.patreon.com/sevenminutetorahhttps://laasok.org/support/https://laasok.org/https://www.facebook.com/groups/sevenminutetorahgrouprabbistreiffer@gmail.com

Duration:00:12:13

Xenophobia and the Golden Calf (Ki Tisa)

2/27/2024
A midrash blames the Golden Calf incident on the "mixed multitude" that accompanied the Israelites in the desert. What can we learn from it about acceptance and xenophobia in Jewish life? --- www.patreon.com/sevenminutetorahhttps://laasok.org/support/https://laasok.org/https://www.facebook.com/groups/sevenminutetorahgrouprabbistreiffer@gmail.com

Duration:00:12:22

Do You Have a Shirt That You Really Love? (T'tzaveh)

2/21/2024
This Torah portion is about clothes: colors, fabrics, hems, designs - the details of the priestly clothing. We talk about why the Torah goes into such a meticulous description, and what it has to do with our own spiritual lives. (Plus I sing for you!) --- www.patreon.com/sevenminutetorahhttps://laasok.org/support/https://laasok.org/https://www.facebook.com/groups/sevenminutetorahgrouprabbistreiffer@gmail.com

Duration:00:10:53

Planting Seeds of Hope (Terumah)

2/13/2024
In the midst of a tedious Torah portion, the Rabbis tell a story that connects the building of the Mishkan (the portable sanctuary in the wilderness) with an audacious act of hope by Jacob 400 years earlier. --- www.patreon.com/sevenminutetorahhttps://laasok.org/support-laasok/https://laasok.org/https://www.facebook.com/groups/sevenminutetorahgrouprabbistreiffer@gmail.com

Duration:00:11:20

An Eye for an Eye?? (Mishpatim)

2/6/2024
We explore one of the Torah's most infamous laws - the "eye for an eye" passage in Exodus 21 - to discovery what it's REALLY about, and what it says about the imperative for building a just society. We also briefly explore how this law undergirds Jewish views of abortion. To sign up for Rabbi Leah Berkowitz's class on Reproductive Justice in Judaism (this Thursday, February 8), visit https://laasok.org/current-offerings/#repro --- www.patreon.com/sevenminutetorahhttps://laasok.org/support-laasok/https://laasok.org/https://www.facebook.com/groups/sevenminutetorahgrouprabbistreiffer@gmail.com

Duration:00:11:40

Recapturing the Silenced Voices (Yitro - A Conversation with Rabbi Dalia Marx)

1/31/2024
We are traditionally taught that we ALL stood together at Sinai. And yet the Torah reveals that certain people and certain voices were excluded from that pivotal moment. I talk with Rabbi Dalia Marx about finding and recapturing those silenced voices, in order to create a more inclusive Judaism. Rabbi Dalia Marx is author of From Time to Time: Journeys in the Jewish Calendar. --- www.patreon.com/sevenminutetorahhttps://laasok.org/support-laasok/https://laasok.org/https://www.facebook.com/groups/sevenminutetorahgrouprabbistreiffer@gmail.com

Duration:00:40:58

Making a Miracle (B'shallach - encore)

1/23/2024
In this parashah, the Torah tells the story of the parting of the Red Sea. The Rabbis tell the story of the brave person who made that miracle possible. In doing so, they turn the story on its head - they make it about OUR capacity for miracle-making. --- www.patreon.com/sevenminutetorahhttps://laasok.org/support-laasok/https://laasok.org/https://www.facebook.com/groups/sevenminutetorahgrouprabbistreiffer@gmail.com

Duration:00:09:53

Fear Leads to the Dark Side (Bo)

1/16/2024
The story of Pharaoh and the plagues is a story of how fear leads us toward actions that don't reflect our best selves. --- www.patreon.com/sevenminutetorahhttps://laasok.org/support-laasok/https://laasok.org/https://www.facebook.com/groups/sevenminutetorahgrouprabbistreiffer@gmail.com

Duration:00:10:33

Hardening Our Hearts (Va’era)

1/9/2024
The idea that God "hardened Pharaoh's heart" is a major theological conundrum. Does it mean there's no free will?? We explore what some of the commentators have said about this, and what it means for our own lives. --- https://laasok.org/www.patreon.com/sevenminutetorahhttps://laasok.org/support-laasok/https://www.facebook.com/groups/sevenminutetorahgrouprabbistreiffer@gmail.com

Duration:00:10:56

AND These are the Names (Sh’mot)

1/2/2024
As we start a new book of the Torah, why does it sound like we're right in the middle of something? We talk about the significance of this transitional moment for Jewish identity and continuity, and for both Jewish and Palestinian self-understanding. --- https://laasok.org/www.patreon.com/sevenminutetorahhttps://laasok.org/support-laasok/https://www.facebook.com/groups/sevenminutetorahgrouprabbistreiffer@gmail.com

Duration:00:14:15

Judah the Growing Hero (Miketz)

12/12/2023
One of the subtexts of the Joseph story is the ongoing growth of Judah, who increasingly demonstrates an ability to take responsibility and to care about the needs and well-being of others. This makes him a secondary "hero" of Joseph's story. --- https://laasok.org/www.patreon.com/sevenminutetorahhttps://laasok.org/support-laasok/https://www.facebook.com/groups/sevenminutetorahgrouprabbistreiffer@gmail.com

Duration:00:12:19

Envisioning a Better World (Vayeshev)

12/5/2023
Joseph's story is the story of how holding a vision of a better world helps us work toward a better world. --- https://laasok.org/www.patreon.com/sevenminutetorahhttps://laasok.org/support-laasok/https://www.facebook.com/groups/sevenminutetorahgrouprabbistreiffer@gmail.com

Duration:00:14:08

Violence, Vengeance, and Voice in the Rape of Dinah (Vayishlach)

11/28/2023
The terrible story of the rape of Dinah, Jacob's daughter, teaches about cycles of violence and vengeance, and about how victims' voices can so easily be erased or ignored. --- https://laasok.org/www.patreon.com/sevenminutetorahhttps://laasok.org/support-laasok/https://www.facebook.com/groups/sevenminutetorahgrouprabbistreiffer@gmail.com

Duration:00:14:30

Connection is an Act of Godliness (Vayetze)

11/21/2023
What does it mean when Jacob exclaims, "God is in this place and I did not know it!" How can we work to recognize, and bring, the Divine into the world during dark times? --- https://laasok.org/www.patreon.com/sevenminutetorahhttps://laasok.org/support-laasok/https://www.facebook.com/groups/sevenminutetorahgrouprabbistreiffer@gmail.com

Duration:00:11:58

Sharing The Land (Toldot)

11/14/2023
The story of Isaac quarrelling with the Philistines over the digging of wells is a reminder that living in the land of Israel has always meant sharing the land and its resources, making space for multiple peoples and multiple stories. --- https://laasok.org/www.patreon.com/sevenminutetorahhttps://laasok.org/support-laasok/https://www.facebook.com/groups/sevenminutetorahgrouprabbistreiffer@gmail.com

Duration:00:13:21