Teachings


Rabbi Debra Orenstein regularly shares her scholarship and faith, inspiring audiences through her speaking, writing, and media appearances. Now you can find selected teachings by Rabbi Debra gathered together online and on audio CD.





QUOTATIONS & COMMENTARY
Awakening (perfect for High Holidays)
Gratitude
Hanukah
Joy
Repentance and Forgiveness
Seder Solutions: tips and techniques for enhancing your Passover celebration.
Teshuvah, Tefilah, Tzedakah: Repentance, Prayer, and Righteous Giving
Tradition, Change, and Passover Wishes
Tu Bishvat
Tu Bishvat and Kabbalah - discussion by Rabbi Debra
Waiting - downloadable quotes and exercises.


AUDIO CD SOURCE TEXTS
The following texts are referred to on Rabbi Debra or Reb Zalman audio CD's. These texts were supplied to their live audiences, and now to you, here. Though best elucidated on the CD’s, these texts will be of interest to anyone exploring the themes of teshuvah (repentance) and tefilah (prayer).
From Transformation Now: Texts on Teshuvah (Repentance)
From Reb Zalman Prays: A creative translation of Adirey Ayumah

ESSAYS
Sharing The Road
Inner Cow
Jewish Rites of Death and Mourning
Tallit
Drinking It All In
Giving Thanks
Making Seder with Children
Jewish Parenting
Light the Wick, a Hanukah essay
Our Libraries, Ourselves from the New York Jewish Week February, 2011
The Meaning of "Elul"
The Truth in a Name

TORAH COMMENTARIES
Rabbi Debra's periodic Torah columns in major Jewish newspapers:
Holy Doubt, Parshat Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4-36:43)
Right or Righteous?, Parshat Vayeshev (Genesis 37:1-40:23)
Living Torah, Parshat Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1)
Magic or Miracle?, Parashat Vaera (Exodus 6:2-9:35)
Lessons of the Season, Parshat Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16)/Tu B'Shevat
Who's Speaking, Please?, Parshat Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:23)
Saying "Amen" to Life, Parshat Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:18)
What Is Valuable?, Parshat Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11-34:35)
Can Purity Last?, Parshat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1-11:47)
Why Keep Kosher?, Parshat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1-11:47)
Holy Boundaries, Parshat Ahre Mot (Leviticus 16:1-18:30)
The Paradox of Holiness, Parshat Kedoshim (Leviticus 19:1-20:27)
What It Takes, Parshat Emor (Leviticus 21:1-24:23)
Contingencies, Parshat Bechukotai (Leviticus 26:3-27:34)
Parshat Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89)
Spying The Future, Parshat Shelach Lecha (Numbers 13:1-15:41)
We Are Well Able, Parshat Shelach Lecha (Numbers 13:1-15:41)
Ritual's Mysteries, Parshat Chukat, (Numbers 22:2-25:9)
Righteous Indignation, Parshat Pinchas (Numbers 25:1-30:1)
Are We There Yet?, Parshat Devarim (Deuteronomy 1;1-3:22)
But Who's Complaining?, Parshat Vaetchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11)
Blessing Management, Parshat Ekev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25)
Ready for Judgement?, Parshat Re'eh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17)
On Your Guard, Parshat Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9)
Connecting the Dots, Parshat Ki Teitzei (Deuteronmy 21:10-25:19)
Blessings Over Curses, Parshat Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8)
Teshuvah and Weight Loss, Parshat Nitzavim (Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20)

STORIES
Stories are integral to the way we learn, remember, and create community. Long after many details of a speech, sermon, or event are forgotten, the stories stay with us. 

Below are links to some of my favorite traditional stories. They are a response to a request for “stories about God.”
Hasidic Tales of Joy
Where is God?
Where Is God? Another Story

The Jewish world is blessed with many wonderful anthologies of stories and parables. Here is a selected bibliography of some of my favorites.


FREE AUDIO
Your Next Mitzvah: an advance track from a forthcoming audio CD. (3 min.)

The Mysticism of Tzedakah (Charity) (13 min.)

Remembering Daniel Pearl at Simchat Torah (4 min.)

On Shofar: an edited collection of teachings on the meaning and purpose of the ram's horn. (13 min.)

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