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Expanding Freedom

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.

Longing To Be A Saint

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).

Eternal Israel

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.

Free Worship

What is the difference between philosophy and the political vision at the heart of Tanach? The answer lies in their different understandings of time.

Sukkot’s Uniqueness

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.

In Search Of Jewish Identity

As Jews became defined by religion, Christians could work to convert them--You can change your religion but you cannot change your race

The Power Of Shame

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 Sign Of The Covenant

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?

To Eat, Or Not To Eat

What is the logic of kashrut? And why are they placed here in parshat Shemini? AND what is their connection with the sanctuary?

Understanding Sacrifice

What was sacrifice in Judaism and why does it remain important, at least as an idea, even today?

On The Move

Like our bodies, our souls were not made for sitting still. We were made for moving, learning, searching, striving, growing

The Sabbath: First Or Last Day?

For G-d, the Sabbath was the last day of the week; for human beings, it was the first.

The Closeness Of God

The paradox of Jewish spirituality: No religion holds God higher, but none feels Him closer

The Gift Of Giving

Why did God command Israel to make a sanctuary for Him? Shouldn't it be unnecessary? The Golden Calf

Doing And Hearing

The only way to understand life is by living itL "Na’aseh venishma//We will do and we will obey.”

The Spiritual Child

Moses prepares the Israelites for freedom by discussing-children, several times in the parsha

Spirits In A Material World

God is found in this world, not just the next. To grow spiritually, first satisfy material needs.

Turning Curses Into Blessings

Jewish history isn't just Jews enduring catastrophes but renewing themselves after every disaster

On Not Predicting The Future

HaShem wanted the Israelites to become a living testimony to the power of freedom.

Reframing

Joseph reframed his entire past, now understanding himself charged with a life-saving mission by God

Changing And Growing: Judah Sets The Standard

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,

Do Not Shame: Tamar’s Righteous Lesson

Tamar realizes Judah has no intention of giving her his last son. Now trapped-an agunah-she acts

Jacob’s Justifiable Distress

“Jacob was very afraid and distressed.” His fear was physical-fear of death. His distress was moral.

A Father’s Love

It's not difficult understanding why Rebecca loved Jacob, the real question's why Isaac loved Esau?

The Almighty’s Supreme Call To Man

Torah is neither a book of history nor science, it is, first and last, a book about how to live.

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