Korach: Disruptive Visionary or Disgruntled Rabble-Rouser? | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

by Eliezer Weinbach, Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Hazon Parshat…

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Walking Behind Kindness: Parashat Naso | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog
Professional Storyteller Mindy Donner tells the story of Ruth, kiddos help with percussion instrument | photo: Annelise Jolley, Coastal Roots Farm

Walking Behind Kindness: Parashat Naso | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

by Jaclyn Kellner - Coastal Roots Farm; Encinitas, CA “I’d…

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Prayer in Action: Upholding our Covenant for a Brighter Future | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog
Bay Area Stand with Standing Rock March on Army Core of Engineers in San Francisco | Photo: Daniella Aboody

Prayer in Action: Upholding our Covenant for a Brighter Future | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

by Daniella Aboody, Wilderness Torah, Berkeley, CA Parashat Chayyei Sarah…

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Grappling with the Ark of Responsibility | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog
Tamarack’s Teva Center at sunset | Photo credit: Bailey Lininger

Grappling with the Ark of Responsibility | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

by Bailey Lininger, Tamarack Camps, Bloomfield Hills, MI Parashat Noach…

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With All Your Heart, With All Your Soul, With All Your Might

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“With all your heart, with all your soul, with all your might”. This is my mantra. Not because I am a person who davens three times a day reciting this phrase from its original source in the Sh’ma, but simply because I think it’s beautiful. Imagine a world in which we dedicated our whole selves to every mitzvah we preform, every fleeting thought we have. In a gemara in the tractate of Brachot, the Rabbis expound upon each of these segments: “With all your heart” they explain as what Freud might call the “id”—that is the most instinctual, animalistic parts of ourselves, “with all your soul” refers to our actual life, and “with all your might” commonly refers to our physical possessions. I strive preform every action with all my heart, soul, and might whether it’s loving God as the original texts indicates, loving a friend or a stranger as some scholars interpret, doing a project at work, or even something as mundane as grocery shopping (I said strive!). (more…)

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