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Parshat Shmini: The honey and the sting

The deeper lesson of the Torah’s teaching is not that one must have tragedy at the very moment of triumph, but that everything contains its opposite.

08/04/2021
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Parshat Shmini: Purity of the soul, restraint and humility

Kashrut is a significant part of Jewish identity. The basic principle of kashrut is that what a person puts into his body affects not only his physical health but the purity of his soul as well.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
08/04/2021

Parashat Vayikra: New understandings of ancient practices

With this particular book of the Bible, its focus on the sacrificial system becomes a stumbling block for many trying to derive meaning from its text.

Hand, mouth or mind

There are ways to convey God's blessing even without touching.

By LEVI COOPER
21/03/2021
A 1,000-year-old Hebrew Bible,was unveiled at the Museum of the Bible on November 8, 2019.

Parashat Vayikra: ‘But I didn’t mean it!’

Four reasons, two medieval and two modern, that will help us understand something deep about the Torah and our tradition.

18/03/2021

Parashat Vayikra: Standing before God

By offering a sacrifice, a person expresses the maximum nullification he can feel: giving life to God.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
18/03/2021

The Golden Calf Sin: How did it really happen?

Ceremonial transitions of power and authority of an elite might be two lessons learned from the events of the Golden Calf.

05/03/2021

Parashat Ki Tisa: Why break the tablets?

By smashing the tablets, Moses was making a declaration to all of Israel: Even the handiwork of God, which you might think of as inviolable, is nonetheless just another thing.

04/03/2021
'The adoration of the Golden Calf’

Parashat Ki Tisa: Sin, compassion and leadership

It is not difficult to imagine the depths of Moses’s disappointment, frustration and torment.

An illustration of a unicorn in the 14th century Duke of Sussex Bible, held in the British Library

Parashat Mishpatim: The soul and the law

We went from philosophy to the budget.

11/02/2021
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