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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      Exile--The Absence Of Jewish Context

      The descent into Egypt and Jacob's death left his family in an alien culture, forced to find a context for their traditions within themselves.

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      When To Talk And When To Act

      Comparing Moshe to Yiftah raises questions about when we should be people of speech and when we should be people of action.

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      Kosher For Passover And All Year Round

      The prohibition against leavened bread for most Temple grain offerings imbues the Temple with the spirit of freedom all year round.

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      Equal Before God

      Moshe and Pharaoh clash over who among the Israelites will worship God in the desert, illustrating the fundamental differences between paganism and monotheism.

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      Controlling Love

      Joseph teaches us to temper love with a sense of duty and a knowledge of right and wrong.

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      Zionism And First Fruits

      The speech that farmers recited when bringing their first fruits to the Temple forms a central part of the Passover retelling of the Exodus and articulates the Zionist message.

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      Princely Gifts

      The princes' gifts to the Tabernacle illustrate important principles of leadership and methods of balancing personal and communal needs.

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      Sacred Relationships

      The mirrors used to create the basin in the Tabernacle teach us that sanctified sexuality means seeing ourselves in relation to others.

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      (Un)Conditional Love

      Isaac and Rebekah provide us with two models of parenting--love dependent on a specific interaction and love that is unconditional.

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      The Miraculous Nature Of Covenant

      God's covenant with Noah showed him and us the possibility of transforming the human condition of loneliness into the miracle of connection.


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