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Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton

Filling in the Missing Pieces of Sarah's Life

This Torah portion, whose name translates as “Sarah’s Life,” ironically begins with her death. Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton examines rabbinic traditions that illuminate Sarah’s life and legacy. 

D'var Torah

Joseph, The Favorite Son

The story of Jacob and Joseph is one thread of a complex weave of father/son relationships stretching through the Book of Genesis. 

D'var Torah

Why Did Korah Rebel?

The story of Korakh is one of divine intervention to settle a challenge to settled authority. Yet in the Talmud, divine intervention is ignored when settling a famous dispute. How do we reconcile these two approaches?

D'var Torah


What do we make of the string of curses in Parashat Ki Tavo? Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton examines them through the lens of parenting. 

D'var Torah