Weekly Torah Portion

Last night I watched the BBC Panorama program on anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. It was shocking and worrying, for a few reasons. First of all, the extent of the hatred of Jews and of Israel is remarkable. The demonization of the Jewish State, the recycling of moronic anti-Semitic tropes about the Rothschilds, the insidious, ubiquitous, and almost supernatural nature of the power of the Jewish people and the Jewish State, and a whole range of idiotic conspiracy theories, are all as ridiculous as they are frightening.


Previous Torah Portions

A few weeks ago, towards the end of Passover, I read a column in Ha’aretz by Rogel Alpher, my least favorite Israeli columnist (and that’s a hard title to defend!). Alpher ostensibly writes about television, but what he really does is criticize Israeli society from a misanthropic, arrogant, and usually ignorant perspective. The column under discussion is no exception.
This week I saw a teshuva – an answer to a question on Jewish law – from Rav Shlomo Aviner, a Religious Zionist Rabbi popular in certain circles.
In Parshat Tetzave we continue to receive instructions about the Tabernacle 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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