Weekly Torah Portion

God’s commandment to Avraham to sacrifice his son, Yitzchak, and Avraham’s ready compliance, is an extremely troubling chapter. The questions are obvious: how could God make this strange, immoral demand, and how and why did Avraham agree to go through with it so quickly, with no argument or discussion?


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This morning, after shacharit, while walking to the makolet to pick up  challot for Shabbat, I saw a mother cat lying on the side of the path surrounded by  four or five really small, newborn kittens. As I approached, she stirred herself, and the tiny kittens quickly and nervously scattered. Instinct. Nature.
As someone trying his best to speak reasonably and sensibly about Israel, I am often accused of a whole litany of high crimes and misdemeanors.
Socialism has become an issue in the American political conversation; it has been one here in Israel for a while. The original socialism of Israel’s founders - the Labor party and its various factions - was an essential element in the Israeli economy and society for the first decades of the State.

Jewish Holidays

Rosh ha-Shanah: Redemption, Exile, Redemption: The Message of the Shofar

This week’s parsha, Nitzavim, which we read on the Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah, contains the parsha of Teshuva – Repentance.

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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