Weekly Torah Portion

An interesting dynamic has emerged in the ongoing Halacha Wars. The more conservative, oppressive, establishment team (the bad guys) has been trying to undo decisions made by religious courts which are not to their liking. A while back, a Rabbi Sherman of the Rabbinate grotesquely tried to undo dozens (hundreds, even thousands, I think) of legitimate conversions done in the framework of the Israeli army and overseen by leading Religious Zionist Rabbi Druckman.


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Well, the massacre in Aleppo is reaching its final bloody stages, and we all sit around doing basically nothing. The butchery of the past five years in Syria, performed by Assad and his Russian, Lebanese, and Iranian accomplices, has apparently claimed close to half a million lives, and the number is rising.
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.
Since the disastrous presidential election, I’ve seen a lot of discussion about what contexts might be appropriate or inappropriate for “talking politics”.

Jewish Holidays

Hanukkah: Greek, or Jewish? Who are we Really?

On Hanukkah, one of the conversations that often takes place is the “today, are we more like the Maccabees, or more like the Hellenists?” one.

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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