Articles By Rabbi Jordan D. Cohen

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    Rabbi Jordan D. Cohen

    Jordan D. Cohen is the rabbi of Temple Anshe Sholom in Hamilton, Ontario. Previously, he worked as Associate Director of KOLEL - The Adult Centre for Liberal Jewish Learning in Toronto, Canada. Prior to his return to Canada, Rabbi Cohen served as Rabbi of the United Jewish Congregation of Hong Kong, and Associate Rabbi of the North Shore Temple Emanuel in Sydney, Australia.

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      Highest Standards

      Because of his position of leadership, Moses is judged extremely harshly when he sins.

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      Rebekah's Spiritual Crisis

      Like Rebekah, we should turn toward God, not away, in our moments of spiritual crisis.

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      Graced With Food

      By blessing after we eat, we elevate the act of eating by connecting with God, the source of our sustenance, and with our cultural history.

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      Clothes Make The Person

      The emphasis on the priestly clothes teaches us the importance of bringing honor and splendor to God and the commandments.

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      Leading By Example

      In identifying Moses' successor, God emphasizes that inspiration, not passion or popularity, makes a successful leader.

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      Jacob's Covenant with God

      Jacob's covenant with God teaches us that our relationships with God must not be conditional, but rather should be built on trust.

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      Sensitivity To Speech

      Rabbinic interpreters regarded leprosy as punishment for the sin of careless speech.

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      Holy Words

      The laws of vows and the rabbinic cautions against making them teach the holiness and power of the spoken word.

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      The Evolving Name Of God

      The divine name that God tells Moses at the burning bush expresses the different and evolving relationship that God has with every individual.

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      Caring For The Dead

      Despite their focus on life, priests are permitted to attend to their closest relatives in death, emphasizing the importance of caring for the dead.

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