Apr 23, 2021
It is often said that we live in a "secular age," a term popularised as the title of Charles Taylor’s famous book. For several decades in the lead-up to the turn of the...
Apr 2, 2021
Start with Sacrifice
In synagogues everywhere this month, we started the third book of the Torah — Vayikra (or Leviticus). Leviticus does not have the deeply engrossing family drama of...
Mar 26, 2021
An Ecumenical Passover
Passover is the greatest Jewish holiday and the Bible tells us exactly what it is: the authentic, biblically ordained Jewish new year, as well as our spring festival. These two...
Mar 22, 2021
Passover and the Power of Jewish Continuity
Telling the story of the Exodus from Egypt allows Jews to share a spiritual experience across time and space.
Mar 19, 2021
Life Lessons in the Torah
The prerequisite to understanding any story is answering the question: What is its genre? This might seem like an easy task, but it's really not. Let's say that someone...
Mar 12, 2021
Mercy and Justice in Judaism
If there were a contest for the least Jewish expression in popular parlance, a leading contender might be: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words shall never hurt...
Mar 8, 2021
Clothing, Dignity, and Exodus
What would you guess the Book of Exodus might say about clothing? My guess is that answers would fall into two general categories. First: The Bible would probably say that...
Feb 16, 2021
Jethro and the Foundations of Judaism
The parsha (Torah portion) we Jews read last week in synagogue was about the greatest moment in the history of humankind: when God gave the Ten Commandments (and, according to some...
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