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Parsha in Progress Episode 32: Loved and Unloved Wives

Parshat Vayetzei: When love is a true pain

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Philadelphia Shel Zahav

Ep. 204: A visit to Mike Solomonov and Steve Cook’s Israeli restaurant, and a look at Parsha in Progress with Abigail Pogrebin

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Parsha in Progress Episode 31: Rebecca’s Well of Kindness

Parshat Chayei Sarah: The pain of holy interruptions

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Parsha in Progress Episode 30: We Are All Abraham

Parshat Lech Lecha: How the divine promise of Israel lives on in Israeli politics

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Parsha in Progress Episode 29: Wiping Out Humanity—God’s Regret?

Parshat Noach: The environmental cost of selfishness

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Parsha in Progress Episode 28: End of the Mountain

Parshat V’zot HaBracha: The journey in the desert comes to an end

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Parsha in Progress Episode 27: Can God Promise Sin?

Parshat Vayelech: What happens when God stops believing in his people

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Parsha in Progress Episode 26: On Fruits and Plaster

Parshat Ki Tavo: The Israelites prepare to enter the Land of Israel

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Parsha in Progress Episode 25: The Kings and the Torah

Parshat Shoftim: Can lifelong learning make kings humble?

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Parsha in Progress Episode 24: Does God Require Gratitude?

Parshat Eikev: The biblical warnings against pride

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Parsha in Progress Episode 23: Why the Bible Repeats Itself

Parshat Devarim: The value of retelling stories

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Parsha in Progress Episode 22: When Daughters Talk Back

Parshat Pinchas: What to do when God’s laws ignore the women

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Parsha in Progress Episode 21: Water From a Rock

Parshat Chukat: Did Moses deserve to make it into Israel?

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Parsha in Progress Episode 20: Where There Be Giants

Parshat Shlach: Is relying on divine miracles brave, or risky?

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Parsha in Progress Episode 19: When Sacred Texts Demand Sexist Acts

Parshat Naso: What to do when God gives jealous husbands too much power

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Parsha in Progress Episode 18: Why God Might Threaten Your Children

Parshat Bechukotai: Can punishment be holy?

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Parsha in Progress Episode 17: Giving to the Needy

Parshat Emor: What does charity mean?

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Parsha in Progress Episode 16: Offloading of Sins

Parshat Achrei Mot: How can the Torah help us grapple with guilt and forgiveness?

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Parsha in Progress Episode 15: Broken Tablets

Passover Torah Reading: Are second chances always second best?

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Parsha in Progress Episode 14: Banishing the Sick

Parshat Tazria: How do we understand biblical commands that seem cruel?

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Parsha in Progress Episode 13: The Death of Aaron’s Sons

Parshat Shemini: When fanaticism kills

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Parsha in Progress Episode 12: Animal Sacrifices

Parshat Vayikra: Does God need blood and guts?

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Parsha in Progress Episode 11: The Golden Calf

Parshat Ki Tisa: What’s so bad about idol worship?

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Parsha in Progress Episode 10: Does God Need a House?

Parshat Teruma: The beauty of a communal spiritual home makes it easier for some people to feel spiritually connected

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Parsha in Progress Episode 9: The Ten Commandments

Parshat Yitro: Which one of the Commandments feels like it doesn’t belong?

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Parsha in Progress Episode 8: The Song of the Sea

Parshat Beshalach: How should we respond to the punishment of our enemies?

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Parsha in Progress Episode 7: The Leadership of Moses

This week we discuss leadership in action, looking at the early life of Moses and considering the challenges of cultivating fierce ideological commitment alongside a deep and personal concern for individuals

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Parsha in Progress Episode 6: Good, Evil, and the Riddle of Free Will

The shortest parsha in Genesis poses some of the most difficult questions

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Parsha in Progress Episode 4: The Rape of Dinah

Abby and Rabbi Dov discuss the difficult story of the Torah’s first #MeToo moment, an event famously retold in the novel ‘The Red Tent’

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