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One of my Favoriate Torah Scenes

Posted on 11/17/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
One of my favorite scenes in the Torah is in the portion of Vayeira which we read on Shabbat. God is about to destroy Sodom because it has become a despicable place. Abraham wants to try and save the people....

The Ancient Jewish Debate about Modern Israeli Politics

Posted on 11/17/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
“...Now appoint us a king to judge over us (so we can be) like all other nations” (1 Sam 8:5)But the Jews aren’t supposed to be like other nations, Samuel thought to himself. And in the...

The Wisdom of a 41 Year-Old Jew

Posted on 11/14/2019 by Hillel Fuld in Beliefs and Practices
How much better is it to acquire wisdom than gold! And to acquire understanding is preferable to silver. - Mishlei (Proverbs) 16:16Ya know how “Old” and “Wise” usually go together?Well,...

Moving On

Posted on 11/10/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
An extended stay at the hospital for my husband in a ward generally meant for people who stay no more than a few days had me thinking. People would come and go and we would have to stay. Sometimes the bed next...

Jewish Practice and Abolishment of Human Sacrifice

Posted on 11/10/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Right outside of the southern wall of the old city of Jerusalem lies a deep valley known as the Valley of Hinnom (Gei Hinnom) or Gehenna. Today as one walks through modern Jerusalem, coming across the Valley...

Hearing the Buttery Voice of God

Posted on 11/03/2019 by Leah Aharoni in Beliefs and Practices
A while ago, I squirreled away the very last pack of butter in the back of the freezer for emergency use. Over the past couple of months, I've been looking around for more to beef up the stock (excuse the...

Feeding the Hungry

Posted on 11/03/2019 by Rabbi Yaakov Bieler in Beliefs and Practices
Feeding the Hungry Yaakov Bieler Many years ago, I recall a student’s once asking me about the wording of the first blessing of the Grace after Meals: Blessed art thou, O Lord our God, King of the...

Desert Survival & Judaism

Posted on 11/03/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
I was recently on a desert survival workshop through Tour Adumim in the Judean Desert. It was a good workshop and highly recommended. But I learned more than just desert survival skills. The first thing that...

Explaining Eden- The Deep Philosophical Truth at the Beginning of the Torah

Posted on 10/27/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Man’s banishment from Eden serves as a prologue to the Torah and therefore, by extension, to Judaism as a system of ideas and practice. A mythical story that truly sets up the epistemological background...

Noah's Ark, or I was Unjustifiably Upset

Posted on 10/27/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
I was unjustifiably upset. I bought a Noah’s ark toy for my grandchildren. It happened to come with a lot of little pieces, some of which had to be put together. One of the little pieces I found was a...
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