In this week’s Torah portion, we continue reading Moses’s final speeches, addresses meant to prepare the Jewish nation for entering, conquering and living in Israel.
Are we too emotionally invested in cultural icons? Should we be insulted by a decision of the board of Unilever/Ben & Jerry’s?
“His agenda is still on – Torah is reaching Jews and non-Jews alike. In this way, Rabbi Steinsaltz is still here with us," said his son Rabbi Menachem “Meni” Even-Israel.
The significance of God’s revelation at Mount Sinai, an event described in this parasha, far surpasses the creation of a new religion or the cohesiveness of a new nation around its God.
The service on Tisha Be’av focuses on golah, exile, and its movement towards geulah, redemption. The difference between these two Hebrew words is one letter, aleph, for ani – me.
The Torah is insistent that no human is perfect, and it is in the rough and tumble of daily life that we show our spiritual striving.
The two-and-a-half tribes who ask for their land to be outside the stated borders of the land of Israel serve as a subtle but beautiful example of what it is to ask, and what it means to listen.
This week, we read two connected parashot – Matot and Masei, in which we learn about the way that the kohanim and Levites should live.
Everyone should learn Torah, plenty of it, but it’s rather hard to learn Torah without the aid of the skills imparted by what is called the core curriculum.
What is the reason for the gender gap in mitzvot for women? Is it women's innate spirituality, or the Jewish woman’s central role as wife and mother?