Weekly Torah Portion

Over the past few years, political correctness has become a kind of red flag for many, particularly on the right. Trump rode the distaste for political correctness, which seems to exist among many in the Midwest and South in particular, to victory in 2016, and he and his enablers continue to go on and on about it.


Previous Torah Portions

Parshat Va’yeshev is always read just before or, once in a while, during, Chanukah, and we Rabbis are obligated, by our contracts, terms of service, and ancient custom, to come up with some connection between the two. There is none. So yes, it’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it; here goes.
This week’s parsha, Va’yishlach, has generated what is, in certain circles, one of the most often quoted statements in Rabbinic literature. The statement is made by Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, and people tend to quote only the first half of it, and actually reference a late, faulty version.
Last week, in parshat Toldot, we learned about the struggle between Yaakov and Esav. This week, in Va’yetze, Yaakov opts out of the conflict and, fearing Esav’s anger, departs for his family’s earlier home, Haran.

Jewish Holidays

Pesach: Being a Nation - It Ain't Easy

The gap between Israel and Diaspora Jewry seems to be growing daily. Bibi blames the African migrant problem on the New Israel Fund.

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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