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Rabbi Adina Allen is an entrepreneur working at the intersection of Judaism, embodiment and creativity. She is co-founder and Creative Director of The Jewish Studio Project, a new organization that helps to empower Jewish adults to activate their creativity and claim their role as inheritors and innovators of the Jewish tradition. See more at

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Nurturing Art: The Sacred Work of Creativity (Parshat Tetzaveh Exodus 27:20-30:10)

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2016 | 2:09 PM

Walk into any room of adults and tell them they are going to engage with art materials or explore a topic through creativity -- immediately, most people in the room tense up. They turn to each another and say, in nervous voices and muffled tones: "I could never color inside...

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Inhabiting Vulnerability (Parshat Ha'azinu, Deuteronomy 32:1-52)

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 11:46 AM

"You may view the land from a distance, but you shall not enter it--the land that I am giving to the Israelite people" (Deuteronomy 35:52). This week's Torah reading, Parshat Ha'azinu, ends with this devastating reminder to Moses that despite having led the people out of Egypt and through the...

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Revelation, the Morning After (Parshat Naso, Numbers 4:21-7:89)

(1) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 2:32 PM

As we recently marked the holiday of Shavuot, many of us in the wee hours between darkness and dawn marked our receiving of Torah on Mount Sinai by studying Torah all night. After 49 days of counting that began on the second night of Passover, we have finally reached the...

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Power, Oppression and the Hardened Heart (Parshat Bo, Exodus 10:1-13:16)

(3) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 3:14 PM

This week's Torah portion begins with God instructing Moses: "Come to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart" (Exodus 10:1). The hardening of Pharaoh's heart is one of the most confusing aspects of the Exodus story, but has perhaps the most to teach us about freedom and oppression in our...

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Something New, Higher and Unexpected (Parshat Toldot, Genesis 25:19 - 28:9)

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 7:57 AM

Jews are known as the People of the Book. This designation speaks to Judaism's focus on the intellect, its emphasis on theological argumentation and dedicated study. However, it is clear from the Torah that Jews also come from a long line of people rooted in the earth - from the...

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Genesis 32:4-36:43: The Challenge of Becoming Israel

(44) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 3:29 AM

It's hard to believe that a mere seven weeks ago we were dancing in the streets on Simchat Torah, the festival that celebrates both the conclusion and renewal of the annual cycle of Torah readings, and marks the end of the long fall...

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