Weekly Torah Portion

I recently read in the New York Times that Donald Trump is getting a good deal of support for his presidential bid from Evangelical Christians. The author of the piece found this to be strange, and I agree. And it’s not only Trump. For years now, the Christian right has been embracing Republican candidates who argue against  what I always thought were the Christian virtues – in theory, at least - of charity, compassion, and a commitment to help the poor.

28.08.2015

Previous Torah Portions

One of the major points around which many of the current disagreements in the Jewish world seem to revolve is the question of the authenticity, or lack thereof, of a given idea or value. Is the value or concern being championed really a Jewish one? Is egalitarianism “Jewish”? Is Feminism? Democracy? Liberalism? Conservatism?
20.08.2015
Recently, a number of Rabbis have been quick to drop the H (heresy) bomb. Anyone who is seen by these people to be on the wrong side of their understanding of the  halacha, of what these self-appointed guardians of the faith see as what Jewish traditions and values demand of us, is automatically ostracized as being beyond the pale.
13.08.2015
Recently, a number of Rabbis have been quick to drop the H (heresy) bomb. Anyone who is seen by these people to be on the wrong side of their understanding of the  halacha, of what these self-appointed guardians of the faith see as what Jewish traditions and values demand of us, is automatically ostracized as being beyond the pale.
13.08.2015

Jewish Holidays

Shavuot: Loving-Kindness

It is the custom among Jewish communities around the world to read the Book of Ruth on Shavuot.

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.

About Us

Every week, parshaoftheweek.com brings you a rich selection of material on parshat hashavua, the weekly portion traditionally read in synagogues all over the world. Using both classic and contemporary material, we take a look at these portions in a fresh way, relating them to both ancient Jewish concerns as well as cutting-edge modern issues and topics. We also bring you material on the Jewish holidays, as well as insights into life cycle rituals and events...

Read more on Parsha of the Week