Weekly Torah Portion

This week’s parsha, Shoftim, contains one of the more challenging and suggestive verses in the Torah. The parsha deals mainly with civil law: kings, judges, warfare. Among the rules of war to be found in the parsha is one with tremendous importance to us, as we foolishly continue to destroy our natural resources, putting our continued existence on the planet in danger.


Previous Torah Portions

Parshat Masei, the last portion in the Book of Bamidbar, contains a long list of the many places in which the Israelite nation encamped during their forty-year journey through the desert.  The formulaic list – “and they traveled from Livnah and encamped in Risa; and they traveled from Risa and encamped in Kehelata; and they traveled from Kehelata and encamped in Har Shefer” – goes on and on for
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.

Jewish Holidays

Rosh ha-Shanah: Making the New Year New

We are in the throes of a very intensive period in the Jewish calendar: the run-up to Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and then Sukkot.

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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