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Rabbi Toba Spitzer

Rabbi, Congregation Dorshei Tzedek (Newton, MA)

Rabbi Toba Spitzer has served Congregation Dorshei Tzedek in West Newton, Mass. since 1997. She served as president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Assocation from 2007-2009.

Midrashim on The Death of Moses

For Haazinu/Shabbat Shuvah, an amalgam of midrashim on the death of Moshe, ending in a beautiful exchange of forgiveness between him and the Israelites. Prepared by Rabbi Toba Spitzer


The Man of Mystery - Parashat Vayeshev

A text study sheet prepared by Rabbi Toba Spitzer on the mysterious “man” found in Parshat Vayeshev.


Bemidbar Text Study: Why Was the Torah Given in the Wilderness?

This study sheet on parshat Bemidbar, prepared by Rabbi Toba Spitzer, explores commentaries on why Torah was given in the wilderness.


Text study on Mishpatim, Donkeys and Enemies

This study sheet by Rabbi Toba Spitzer explores the Biblical commandment to help your enemy who is in distress. 


From Impurity to Blessing

A commentary on Parashat Naso, originally published in Torah Queeries.

D'var Torah

Finding a New Narrative

Rabbi Toba Spitzer describes two competing narrative frames about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the need for new thinking to transcend them. 


A Guide to Talking about Israel in your Congregation

Rabbi Toba Spitzer shares detailed guidelines and best practices on communal discussions around Israel.