Torah

The Torah outlines the foundational narrative of Judaism. It consists of the first five of the 24 books that make up the Tanach. The five books are: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. It narrates the origins of Judaism- from God's creation of the world, to the descent of the people of Israel into Egypt and their salvation with the granting of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. The Torah ends with the death of Moses, prior to the people's crossing to the promised land. The books highlight civil laws, religious obligations, and teachings such as the 10 commandments.

High Holy Day Torah readings tell the stories of our lives

Rather than moral direction and finger-pointing preaching of punishment, we are given stories.

Parashat Ki Tavo: A successful society’s foundations

Prohibitions that ‘merit’ being cursed are all acts that damage relationships between people.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
03/09/2020
Parashat Ki Tetze: A Jewish practical lifestyle

Why was the continuity of the story connecting the Jewish nation’s past and future broken so that the speech could review a succession of halachic directions on such a wide range of subjects?

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
27/08/2020
Cardozo on the Parashah: From robotic practice to meaning

The opening passages of the book remove whatever lingering doubts the reader might have clung to that the book is in any way comparable to the run-of-the-mill parasha-based Torah commentaries.

By SHMUEL PHILLIPS
27/08/2020
Alan Dershowitz
The Biblical command to pursue justice is as relevant today as it ever was

My bar mitzvah portion 69 years ago commanded we pursue ‘justice, justice.’

Parashat Shoftim: Kingship – for a fair justice system

The king is not a god and has no special rights.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
19/08/2020
Who were the distinctive Twelve Tribes of Israel?

In Tribal Blueprints: Twelve Brothers and the Destiny of Israel, Nechama Price pieces together a wonderfully cohesive portrait of each brother and his tribe.

What we can learn from the ‘Ir Nidahat’?

We will focus on the third offense, the ir nidahat, or an entire city that shows disloyalty to God and is condemned to total annihilation.

By NECHAMA GOLDMAN BARASH
13/08/2020
Parashat Re'eh: In what world are we living?

The words ‘abomination’ and ‘hates’ appear only once in the entire Torah.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
13/08/2020
Breaking news
Rabbi Yisroel Moshe, Agudat Yisrael's Council of Torah Sages member, died

He is survived by his wife, 10 children and multiple grandchildren.

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