Weekly Torah Portion

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.


Previous Torah Portions

Parshat Kedoshim is one of the most beautiful and significant portions of the Torah. It contains the commandments to love your neighbor as yourself, to not lie and cheat, and to help and be sensitive to others, especially the disadvantaged, in a multitude of ways.
Quite a few years ago, I was engaged in a conversation with a colleague about something pertaining to men and women. I don’t remember the precise topic. It was some aspect of feminism, or sexuality, or a gender issue, or something along those lines. I do remember, however, that I was accused of being an “essentialist”, a word I was not then familiar with in the context of gender.
Over the past few years, as technology, the corporate mindset, and social media have struck blow after blow against notions of modesty and privacy, along with courtesy and a sense of shame, we have seen a new kind of ‘apology’ rear its ugly head.

Jewish Holidays

Pesach: The Gap Between Israel and the Diaspora: The Eighth Day of Pessach Can Explain

The gap between Israel and the Diaspora - specifically North American and some of European Jewry (more in the UK, less in France) - seems to be gro

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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