Articles By Rabbi Shimon Felix

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    Rabbi Shimon Felix

    Rabbi Shimon Felix is the Israel Director of the Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel. He lives with his family in Jerusalem, and has taught in a wide variety of educational frameworks in Israel and abroad.


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      Becoming A Leader

      Before God calls on Moses to lead the Israelites out of slavery, Moses develops his leadership skills and his ability to see beyond narrow struggles and his role as liberator.

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      Naming Noah

      Noah's father saw in him the possibility for greatness.

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      Interpretive Independence

      The Torah expects us to be our own autonomous interpreters of divine will, turning to Jewish legal experts only when we reach our limits of understanding.

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      Sefirat Ha-Omer--Time As Text

      Our changing observance of the period between Passover and Shavuot reflects our sensitivity to the realities of our history.

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      Multiplicity Of Meanings

      The high priest's breastplate reminds us of the numerous ways to understand text and reality if we free ourselves to question normative readings and consider interpretations from new perspectives.

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      Avoiding Confrontation And Responsibility

      Judah's plea to Joseph marks his transition into claiming responsibility and facing the consequences of his actions.

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      Selfish Revolution

      Korah and his followers masked their quest for personal power and gain as a desire for an egalitarian, democratic society.

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      The Time And Place For Spontaneity

      The deaths of Nadav and Avihu, Aaron's sons, teach us the value and also danger of spontaneous religious expression.

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      Environmental Appreciation

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      Beginning With The Individual

      Lekh L'kha marks a transition between God relating to humanking as a collective to relating to individuals and the struggle to maintain a balance between the two.


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