Rabbi Jordan D. Cohen
Jordan D. Cohen is the rabbi of Temple Anshe Sholom in Hamilton, Ontario. Previously, he worked as Associate Director of KOLEL - The Adult Centre for Liberal Jewish Learning in Toronto, Canada. Prior to his return to Canada, Rabbi Cohen served as Rabbi of the United Jewish Congregation of Hong Kong, and Associate Rabbi of the North Shore Temple Emanuel in Sydney, Australia.
Articles by Rabbi Jordan D. Cohen
Words Of Admonition
Moses at the end of his life rebukes the Israelites, who are receptive to his criticisms.
The laws of vows and the rabbinic cautions against making them teach the holiness and power of the spoken word.
Because of his position of leadership, Moses is judged extremely harshly when he sins.
Graced With Food
By blessing after we eat, we elevate the act of eating by connecting with God.
The Search for Moses’ Successor
In identifying Moses' successor, God emphasizes that inspiration, not passion or popularity, makes a successful leader.
Caring For Dead Loved Ones
Despite their focus on life, priests are permitted to attend to their closest relatives in death.
Sensitivity To Speech
Rabbinic interpreters regarded leprosy as punishment for the sin of careless speech.
Clothes Make The Person
The emphasis on the priestly clothes teaches us the importance of bringing honor and splendor to God and the commandments.
Give And Take
The fundraising campaign to build the Mishkan (Tabernacle) teaches us that in true Tzedakah, the giver benefits as much as the taker.
The Evolving Name Of God
The divine name that God tells Moses at the burning bush expresses the different and evolving relationship that God has with every individual.