Weekly Torah Portion

In the ongoing conversation/argument about women and Judaism (I know; can you believe this is still going on?)  a trope one still hears quite often from the religious right is: “But what is their motivation? Why do they really want to pray together with women (or with men)/read a ketuba/be Rabbis/study Torah so much? Do they really care about the Mitzvah, or is this just an attempt to get something?


Previous Torah Portions

The story of Moshe hitting, rather than talking to, the rock, and thereby producing water, is a vexing one. The various commentaries twist themselves into veritable pretzels trying to figure out what exactly was “the sin”; what was so bad about Moshe’s behavior that, because of it, he was punished by being kept out of the Land of Israel.
The innocent victims of the Trump presidency are many, ranging from parents and children who have viciously and illegally been torn apart and minorities – including the Jews – who are more marginalized and less safe than before, to the very notions of honesty, decency, and civility. I’d like to focus on one particular victim – language - and its sidekick, logical thought.
In Parshat Naso,  we have the final touches put on the Mishkan - the Tabernacle – which was built by the people of Israel in the desert.

Jewish Holidays

Pesach: Being a Nation - It Ain't Easy

The gap between Israel and Diaspora Jewry seems to be growing daily. Bibi blames the African migrant problem on the New Israel Fund.

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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