Author Archives: Rabbi Nico Socolovsky

Parashat Pekudei: On Showing Up and Bearing Witness #Ukraine

Inventory Reconciliation:  “Inventory reconciliation is the process of comparing physical inventory counts with records of inventory on hand”.  No, I am not reading the wrong script, because parashat pekudei is indeed an inventory reconciliation. Pekudei is the last in a sequence of five Torah portions dedicated to the building of the Tabernacle. Now, after asking for a variety of contributions,

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The King of Narrowness: Parashat Bo

“In our society, narrowness means the decay of truth and the “relativism” of facts.  In our society, narrowness means our lack of ability to break our silos and our algorithmical segmentation, defined by our social media preferences.  In our society, narrowness means being customers of propaganda as opposed to seekers of information. In our society, narrowness means the politicization of

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Parashat Noah: What could TikTok and Facebook users learn from a 600 year old man who built an ark?

What could TikTok and Facebook users learn from a 600 year old man who built an ark? “These are the stories of Noah. Noah was a righteous and perfect man, for his generation” The Torah contextualizes a human being, who in the midst of a corruptive and chaotic reality is told by God to build an ark in order to

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ki tavo: rethinking and forging our path toward personal growth.

During this very special time of the year, as we think about the book of life, we have the opportunity to rethink verses of our own narrative and portions of our own journeys. Without aiming to erase what is harmful to us, we aspire to recognize its presence in our emotional archive so we can rethink, deemphasize and reemphasize our narratives. 

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Ki titzeh:The Day Torah Became a Horror Tale

In 1845 Heinrich Hoffman wrote the famous —Struwwelpeter, or in its English version “Shockheaded Peter”.  The book tells several stories, presenting pretty horrifying consequences of children’s misbehavior. It has a very clear methodology and goal, scaring children for the sake of preventing misbehavior.  Even when written thousands of years earlier, this week’s Sidrah is Torah’s version of Shockheaded Peter. We

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