Weekly Torah Portion

This week, in Parshat Terumah, we begin the long section of the Torah which discusses the building of the Mishkan, the portable temple which the Israelites used in the desert, prior to arriving in the Land of Israel and the construction of the actual temple in Jerusalem.

12.02.2016

Previous Torah Portions

One of the things that have always bothered me about the plague of the smiting of the first born is the fact that all first born sons were killed by God. One could understand this horrible punishment being meted out to the aristocracy, the ruling classes, the landed gentry; after all, they were people who had enslaved and oppressed, for their own personal gain, the Jewish nation.
15.01.2016
Why are Zionists Zionists? Why is having our own state in the Land of Israel a good idea, and what is its purpose?
08.01.2016
Right now, the internet in its various formats – from Facebook to twitter and beyond – as well as more traditional media, such as the New York Times, are full of discussions about the sad case of a Rabbi who has, by his own admission, committed a number of awful sexual crimes and misdemeanors.
01.01.2016

Jewish Holidays

Hanukkah: The Menorah in the Window: Was it Greek Culture We Were Fighting, or Was it Something Else?

One of the interesting aspects of the Chanukah holiday is the law stipulating how we are meant to light the Chanukah menorah.

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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