Despite the Divine anger, the people were not condemned to permanent exile. They simply had to face the fact that their children would achieve what they themselves were not ready for.
According to Maimonides there is not one model of the virtuous life, but two. He calls them, respectively, the way of the saint (chassid) and the sage (chacham).
Without belief in the covenant, there would be no State of Israel or any significant Jewish history after the Holocaust. Jews kept hope alive; Hope kept the Jewish people alive.
What is the difference between philosophy and the political vision at the heart of Tanach? The answer lies in their different understandings of time.
In a way not shared by any other festival, Sukkot celebrates the dual nature of Jewish faith: the universality of G-d and the particularity of Jewish existence.
As Jews became defined by religion, Christians could work to convert them--You can change your religion but you cannot change your race
Social media brought about a return to an ancient phenomenon, public shaming providing us a way of understanding the otherwise bewildering phenomenon of tsara’at,
The sedrah of Tazria begins with the law of circumcision Why this physical mark on the flesh? What does it tell us about the nature of Jewish identity?
What is the logic of kashrut? And why are they placed here in parshat Shemini? AND what is their connection with the sanctuary?
What was sacrifice in Judaism and why does it remain important, at least as an idea, even today?
Like our bodies, our souls were not made for sitting still. We were made for moving, learning, searching, striving, growing
For G-d, the Sabbath was the last day of the week; for human beings, it was the first.
The paradox of Jewish spirituality: No religion holds God higher, but none feels Him closer
Why did God command Israel to make a sanctuary for Him? Shouldn't it be unnecessary? The Golden Calf
The only way to understand life is by living itL "Na’aseh venishma//We will do and we will obey.”
Moses prepares the Israelites for freedom by discussing-children, several times in the parsha
God is found in this world, not just the next. To grow spiritually, first satisfy material needs.
Jewish history isn't just Jews enduring catastrophes but renewing themselves after every disaster
HaShem wanted the Israelites to become a living testimony to the power of freedom.
Joseph reframed his entire past, now understanding himself charged with a life-saving mission by God
t was not Joseph but Judah who conferred his identity on the people; Judah who became the ancestor of Israel’s greatest king, David; Judah from whom the messiah will be born. Why Judah and not Joseph? The answer undoubtedly lies in the beginning of Parshat Vayigash,
Tamar realizes Judah has no intention of giving her his last son. Now trapped-an agunah-she acts
“Jacob was very afraid and distressed.” His fear was physical-fear of death. His distress was moral.
It's not difficult understanding why Rebecca loved Jacob, the real question's why Isaac loved Esau?
Torah is neither a book of history nor science, it is, first and last, a book about how to live.