Weekly Torah Portion

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. He was asked if non-Jews can be accepted as volunteers (volunteers!!) to do agricultural work in Israel (a very common practice, both as volunteers and, more commonly as hired workers, as it is very hard to get people who are willing to do the difficult, backbreaking work).


Previous Torah Portions

In Parshat Tetzave we continue to receive instructions about the Tabernacle in the desert.
If you take a close look at the various arguments going on in the Jewish world, one of the themes which emerges is the question of who gets to decide, whose opinion is meaningful, and what role the common folk, as opposed to the leadership class, are meant to play in decision-making for the community.
Over the past few years, political correctness has become a kind of red flag for many, particularly on the right. Trump rode the distaste for political correctness, which seems to exist among many in the Midwest and South in particular, to victory in 2016, and he and his enablers continue to go on and on about it.

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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