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Are we too emotionally invested in cultural icons? Should we be insulted by a decision of the board of Unilever/Ben & Jerry’s?
In two new books, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz moves from translating the Talmud to understanding and encapsulating the human condition.
Several synagogue leaders said they would be planning multiple options for services with the understanding that some of those plans would be scrapped at the last possible moment.
While the government seems rightly more focused on integrating haredi citizens into the workforce, it will remain hard to avoid the draft issue
When we put our hands over our eyes during the Shema, we are close to understanding the kabbalistic understanding of infinity.
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.
Plaza not only has helped reduce the costs of funerals and bring unprecedented transparency to the process, but it has become a leader in educating and supporting the community in end-of-life issues.
After having fallen out of practice for centuries, today Tu Be’av is experiencing a bit of a rebirth in Israel
On Tisha Be'Av, people should not greet one another with verbal greetings * Sitting on a chair is forbidden until after halachic midday * Sitting on the floor or in a low chair is permitted.
This exile was the second time we had been uprooted and torn from the homeland. Just seven centuries prior, the Babylonians too, led us out of Judea into an uncertain captivity.
Some years ago it was rumored that the Wall was weeping, for the tragic situation of Jews in Israel during its ongoing terrorist attacks.
Kahn was known for transcribing Schneerson's talks and teachings and disseminating them to communities around the world for over 70 years.
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.
In this week’s parasha, Devarim, Moses focused on the years when the Jewish nation wandered in the desert and on the trials and tribulations they experienced there.
Lamentations – Faith in a Turbulent World, by Dr. Yael Ziegler, remedies our overall reluctance to better understand Lamentations and conveys the book’s complex concepts and ideas clearly.
For hundreds of years my family lived, thrived and persevered in the small Moravian town of Boskovice. And then, in one dreadful blow, they were all gone. Today there isn’t a single Jew in the town.
Emotionally sensitive people sympathize with the suffering of other people even when personally unaffected. At a minimum, Tisha Be’Av demands this level of mourning.
Netflix has introduced a number of shows about ultra-Orthodox communities, all with the same message: erase the past. But perhaps the past can still be embraced by those who have left.
Participants will each read a chapter from the Book of Isaiah, the main character who prophesied the destruction of Babylon and the return of the Jewish people to Israel.
"The truth is that the oral Torah was never written down. The meaning of the Torah has never been contained by books" - Abraham Joshua Heschel.
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.