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.


    • MJL Author Article 20

      Leaving Childhood Behind

      The specific complaints of the Israelites in the wilderness illustrate their inability to develop mature, adult relationships.

    • MJL Author Article 21

      The Fine Distinction Between Loving and Casual Relationships

      The small aleph in the opening word of Vayikra alerts us to the subtle but significant differences between intentional, loving relationships with God, and accidental, casual ones.

    • MJL Author Article 22

      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.

    • MJL Author Article 23

      Naming Noah

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

    • MJL Author Article 24

      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.

    • MJL Author Article 25

      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.

    • MJL Author Article 26

      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.

    • MJL Author Article 27

      Avoiding Confrontation And Responsibility

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

    • MJL Author Article 28

      Selfish Revolution

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

    • MJL Author Article 29

      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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