May 20, 2020

There used to be four common life phases: childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age. Now, there are at least six: childhood, adolescence, odyssey, adulthood, active retirement and old age. Of the new ones, the least understood is odyssey, the decade of wandering th...

May 14, 2020

Our economic environment can shut out people who get into debt or who fall out of the system. If I fell into slavery will I ever become free? If I sold my field will I ever regain my financial footing? Shemitta and Yovel offer people a fresh chance.

May 5, 2020

As our world becomes more automated, as sensors and smart-home devices become more prevalent, should we be allowed to make use of automated technologies on Shabbat?

April 30, 2020

Today, with intermarriage rates over 60% in North America, do you think that Jews need barriers and boundaries to separate ourselves from wider society? Is Jewish law strong enough to resist assimilation?

April 21, 2020

Just like a musical octave, the eighth note is not a zenith, a peak. Rather it is again the first note of yet another cycle, of a new level. It is a gateway into a new reality, higher than the previous reality.

April 13, 2020

...the nations that consume the flesh of the pig, detestable things... are all alive and well, strong and not at all feeble or frail… the Divine Torah did not come to heal the body or to promote physical health but rather to foster the health of the soul and to heal it...

March 31, 2020

Have you every been immersed in an environment that has profoundly changed you? Summer camp? A period in a yeshiva or seminary? Another intense all-encompassing experience? Do we expect that our festivals/holidays act as immersive, transformative experiences?

March 26, 2020

Salt possesses two contrary, contradictory powers - water and fire - which correspond to the two qualities by which the world exists – the attribute of mercy and the attribute of strict justice. For this reason, God says "the salt of the covenant of your God."...

March 19, 2020

We each assist one another. When you think about it, we individuals are staying at home, not just to be protected, but to serve the public, to prevent ourselves spreading the disease. Our concern is certainly a collective one.

March 9, 2020

* What does it mean to look someone in the face? * Why might one be restricted from seeing the face of another? * Why might Moses be permitted to see God’s back and not His face?

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