Weekly Torah Portion

Jerusalem is finally getting its first big rain of the season. I’ve been busy clearing drains, picking up fallen leaves and branches, and generally battening down the hatches. One can’t help but think how this long-awaited storm is a mixed blessing: great for the farmers, the Kinneret, and the rivers and streams all around the country, tough on those with leaky ceilings, flooding first floor apartments, and the two cops I saw today getting soaked while trying to direct traffic at a busy Jerusalem corner where the traffic lights had gone out.

02.12.2016

Previous Torah Portions

Since the disastrous presidential election, I’ve seen a lot of discussion about what contexts might be appropriate or inappropriate for “talking politics”.
25.11.2016
This week we read one of the most difficult sections of the Torah – the binding of Isaac. Avraham, along with his wife Sarah, has been yearning for a child who would follow in his footsteps and uphold the covenant with God. God, from the beginning of His relationship with Avraham, has been promising him children. Finally, in their advanced old age, Isaac is born to them.
18.11.2016
I was not sure that there was any need to write about the Trump disaster. It seems that everyone has already weighed in, I’ve seen some very good analyses and calls to action, and I’m not sure there is much more to add.
11.11.2016

Jewish Holidays

Rosh ha-Shanah: Making the New Year New

We are in the throes of a very intensive period in the Jewish calendar: the run-up to Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and then Sukkot.

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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