Category: Torah

Celebrating Torah culture

May 16, 2019

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The legacies of Rabbis Yeshayahu Hadari and Aharon Lichtenstein serve as a cultural counterpoint to the doltish Eurovision festivities.

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The best books of 2018

Jan 18, 2019

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My admittedly narrow list of the best books on Israeli and Jewish matters (including Torah commentary), including books by Moshe Arens z”l, Einat Wilf, Gil Troy, Yossi Klein Halevi, Charles Krauthammer, Yoram Hazony, Rav Uriel Eitam, Aviad Hacohen, Yael Ziegler, Kira Sirote, Rav Binyamin Tabory, Rav Eitam Henkin Hy”D and more.

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The Bible is our mandate

Jul 20, 2018

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The drive to pass the Jewish nation-state law and the growing appeal of sophisticated Bible study stem from a similar profound place: a desire to entrench our roots in this land.

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Four political sons

Mar 30, 2018

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The Haggadah’s four architypes of “sons” uncannily correspond to models of political engagement with Israel today. One is wise, one is wicked, one is simple, and one does not even know how to become part of the conversation…

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Felling vanities and empires on Purim

Feb 23, 2018

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Recent political scandals, terrorist murders, and hostile military moves against Israel – juxtaposed this coming week with Purim – have me reflecting on existential realities: The capriciousness of life should teach us humility. The ephemerality of power should give us strength.

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Letter from a tomato

Apr 28, 2017

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The tomatoes, oranges and eggplants of this land have a grand story to tell, and in advance of Yom Haatzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, they have released a letter addressed primarily to the Jews of the Diaspora. Here it is. “There is no greater sign of redemption than the agricultural re-blooming of the Land of Israel.”

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In Memory of Rav Aharon on his second yahrtzeit

Apr 26, 2017

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Second yahrtzeit appreciation: The brilliant yet unassuming Rabbi Lichtenstein zt”l bravely modeled for us a rich life of religious purity, intellectual rigor, constant study, broad-mindedness, and societal commitment.

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20th Yahrtzeit: Nehama Leibowitz

Apr 4, 2017

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An appreciation of the great Tanach teacher, Nehama Leibowitz, with whom I had the privilege of studying for two years. Marking her 20th yahrtzeit.

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Celebrating Jerusalem at “Hakotel”

Mar 31, 2017

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All the heroism, humanism, determination and vision that characterizes the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the re-anchoring of Jewish identity in Jerusalem over the past half-century is encapsulated in the story of Yeshivat Hakotel.

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A familiar Purim tale

Mar 9, 2017

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Never before had an Orthodox Jew been so close to the seat of power through family connections… Mordechai brought some order into palace decision-making, limited the King’s drinking and texting, and overall helped Achashverosh become a great King.

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