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Rabbi Chaim ben Moshe Attar, the legendary Or Hachaim, author of the famed Chumash commentary of the same title, was born in Sale, in the western part of Morocco, in 1696. Sale’s role in Jewish … more
The first five pasukim (verses) of our parasha Shemot present the names of the leaders of the 12 tribes of Israel that came to Egypt: “And these are the names of the sons of Israel who came to … more
On Monday I followed a custom I’ve undertaken to listen to a speech of Martin Luther King, Jr. on the day America has dedicated to him based loosely on his birthday, and in listening to his … more
John Kerry stepped up to the podium to deliver what was said to be the “vision” of the Obama administration for a Israeli/Palestinian peace. Instead he presented a one-sided 75 minute, … more
It started with the disturbing U.N. resolution that, by America’s calculated abstention, was disgracefully allowed to pass. “Abstain.” It sounds harmless. But it was precisely … more
The Torah contains countless dramatic moments. One of the most powerful appears in this week’s parasha, Vayigash, when Joseph finally reveals himself to his brothers: “Now Joseph could … more
Presidential candidates since Bill Clinton have promised to move the United States embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. While none has kept the promise in office, all indications are that when he enters … more
Last Wednesday, when a manslaughter conviction was handed down against IDF soldier Elor Azaria, was a complex, difficult and sad day for Israel. Some in Israel called it a black day; others touted it … more
Since I was about to leave on vacation, I figured this week’s column would be a straight recipe and that, when I return from vacation, I’d write about our cruise. But by the time we … more
Birkat Ya’akov, the Blessing of Jacob, is the most celebrated narrative of our parasha, Vayechi. It contains Jacob’s hope-filled and prophetically inspired blessing to ten of his sons. In … more
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