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.
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Love, agency, redemption: The legacy of the biblical Rachel - opinion

She is the ultimate symbol of love in the Bible – the woman who was loved. Other women were also loved, such as Rebecca who, according to the Bible, was loved by Isaac.

By ZEHAVIT GROSS
22/11/2021

Justice in the biblical story of Dinah

The story about Dinah catches us unprepared. We are lulled into a sense of complacency that this family has come home to settle and all is well.

By NECHAMA GOLDMAN BARASH
18/11/2021

Parashat Vayishlah: ‘I have everything!’

In an attempt to reconcile with Esau, Jacob sends him hundreds of sheep and cattle from his vast herds, a gift that got to Esau before their meeting.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
18/11/2021
Francesco Hayez

Parashat Vayishlah: Why didn’t Esau kill Jacob?

Instead of killing Jacob when they reunite, Esau falls on his neck and both weep. Why?

18/11/2021
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Giving thanks and slaughtered pigs - opinion

This week’s Torah portion, Vayetzei, is all about babies. Lots and lots of babies.

By AARON KATSMAN
11/11/2021

Parashat Vayetze: Self-knowledge as a path to God

How does Jacob discern God’s presence from a dream?

11/11/2021

Parashat Vayetze: Delusions that lead to evil

This week’s Torah portion, Vayetze, brings together two people whose lifestyles were almost completely opposite of each other’s – Jacob and Laban.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
11/11/2021

Gonzaga University gets its first Torah scroll and Jewish space

Gonzaga University recently celebrated the arrival of its first-ever Torah scroll and the dedication of an area the university has deemed its “Jewish Sacred Space."

By Rachel Román/JTA
11/11/2021

Parashat Toldot: The conservative patriarch

God initiated the dialogue with Abraham and Isaac, in his redoubtable fashion, ensures that it will be a dialogue through the ages.

04/11/2021
Francesco Hayez

Parashat Toldot: The process and the goal

We can learn to appreciate the path to attaining our goals, seeing it as part of the fabric of life and not just as a means to reaching a destination.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
04/11/2021
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