The Torah’s Many Voices

The Torah’s Many Voices

By Rabbi Debbie Reichmann When I was in middle school (maybe high school, I really don’t remember), I learned in either Tanach class or Rabbinics (yes, I went to Jewish Day School) the following verse from Exodus: “If a person shall dig open a pit, or dig a pit and...
Celebrating 25 Years of Tikkun Olam at IFFP

Celebrating 25 Years of Tikkun Olam at IFFP

By IFFP Board Member Jill Fioravanti The concept of ‘tikkun olam,’ which can be traced back to Hebrew prayers and Jewish mystical tradition, focuses on “repairing the world.” The desire to personally and collectively work toward a more socially equitable,...
Tu B’shvat and the Tree of life

Tu B’shvat and the Tree of life

A Reflection by Rabbi Debbie Reichmann It is strange to talk about the New Year for Trees, Tu B’shvat the traditional celebration of early Spring, during a snowstorm. The holiday’s original purpose was to demarcate one year’s crop from the next for tithing purposes....