Weekly Torah Portion

My first grandchild to reach the age of Mitzvot – my lovely and wonderful granddaughter Atara - is about to become Bat Mitzvah. I would never think of giving my fabulous son and daughter-in-law parenting tips, as they are doing such an outstanding job with all of their truly delightful children, so you will get to be the lucky recipients of my sage advice.


Previous Torah Portions

This week, in Israel, we read Parshat Korach, while in the Diaspora the Parsha before that, Shlach, will be read. I have always been intrigued by the connection between these two portions.
The recent string of grotesque and deadly attacks on innocent people, in Tel Aviv, Paris, Orlando, Yorkshire, etc. has produced a conversation online and in the media that is toxic in its own way.
America seems poised to elect a boorish, ignorant, self-serving champion of cutthroat capitalism as its president – I hope I’m wrong but the clown has the momentum and the media on his side, and if I was a betting man my money would be on the loon in orange. Before we take one more step on this descent to madness, we should consider a message from this week’s parsha, Behar.

Jewish Holidays

Shavuot: Shavuot: The Hidden Holiday

The holiday of Shavuot is a strange one.

Jewish Life Cycle

One of the most important mitzvoth in the Torah is called the מת מצוה (met mitzvah) – a deceased person whom it is a commandment to bury.

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