January 7, 2020

"Earning a livelihood is greater than redemption": Usually we see divine protection (a.k.a redemption) in the hands of God, beyond our ability to take control. In contrast, livelihood would seem to be in our hands, a product of our investment, of human effort...

December 30, 2019

Whenever the victim sees the people who caused that embarrassment, he or she re-experiences the humiliation, and feels their blood is being spilt yet again. Thus, murder is a one-time act, but to shame a person is to commit murder over and over.

December 23, 2019

Joseph could have allowed his personal good fortune to be swallowed by the bad. He could have let all his personal pain and bitterness eat up all the success and blessing which he had achieved. But Joseph knew to separate the two.

December 17, 2019

Israelis often pride themselves in being direct. In Israeli slang, this is called speaking “dougri”, meaning the quality of being straightforward, even blunt, eschewing formalities and getting straight to the point. Is this a positive cultural mannerism?

December 11, 2019

Maimonides, addressing the divinity of the Torah, says that the verse "Timna was a concubine" is equivalent to "Shema Yisrael!" Might the Rambam be undermining his basic assertion? – Though they have the category of revelation, the verses of the cla...

December 4, 2019

A person must not rely on the past. Each day anew a person is presented with moral and religious challenges, and must be on guard and ensure that his or her actions will be correct, meaningful and worthy. Because we are only human. Like Jacob, we always have a choice t...

November 27, 2019

"A fool wants only to eat, to drink and to indulge their pleasures in the here and now; not to live with a concern for the future." (Nahmanides)

November 20, 2019

Some people are “Shabbat-Jews”; on Shabbat they pray, on Shabbat they study Torah, on Shabbat they recite blessings. But during the week they do not. In a Jewish home, spirituality must extend to each and every day of the week. The “light” must be “lit” from Sabbath to...

November 13, 2019

The contradiction of the Akeida is the tension between “religious obligation” on the one hand, and “human obligation” on the other; between Abraham’s commitment to God and his commitment to his son, Isaac.

November 5, 2019

Sometimes, religious figures are deemed so holy that they are regarded as flawless, faultless. But what happens when the Tanakh describes their flaws and mistakes? Does criticism of the Avot and Imahot lower them in our estimation, or possibly it raises them?

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