Weekly Torah Portion

This week’s parsha, Naso, contains the commandment to the Cohanim – the priests – to bless the Jewish people. The text of the priestly blessing is well known – “May the Lord bless and protect you. May the Lord shine his countenance upon you and show you grace. May the Lord raise His countenance to you and give you peace.”

28.05.2015

Previous Torah Portions

This week’s parsha, Nasso, contains the commandment to the Cohanim – the priests – to bless the Jewish people. The text of the priestly blessing is well known – “May the Lord bless and protect you. May the Lord shine his countenance upon you and show you grace. May the Lord raise His countenance to you and give you peace.”
28.05.2015
In many societies, there has been, over the past few decades, a move away from a sense of communal identity and responsibility towards a more individualistic way of looking at things. Here in Israel, many studies have noted the shift from the use of the plural pronouns – “us”, “our” – towards the use of “me” and “my” in the public arena, both verbally and in print.
15.05.2015
During the Obama presidency, the argument about the relative merits of capitalism and socialism has come to the fore, with Obama being accused by many on the right of being a socialist or communist, and wanting to - gasp! - “share the wealth”, while people on the left are attacking the excesses, inequities, and failures of contemporary capitalism.
07.05.2015

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