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The weather is warmer, the days are longer, and it’s time to get out of the house. When the sun is shining until 7 pm and the winds are warm and beckoning, no one wants to be tied to a hot … more
Chapter 18 of the Book of Vayikra contains a number of negative mitzvot — things we are not supposed to do. Many of the negative actions are labeled to’evot — an interesting … more
I once gave a lecture on the ethical challenges of the seventh commandment (“Thou shalt not steal”). Afterwards, I was approached by a fellow from Vienna who was a Shoah … more
Parashat Acharei Mot, known as the parasha of Yom Kippur, focuses upon the manner of observing this Yom Tov in the Mishkan and Beit HaMikdash. One of the many constitutive elements of a Beit … more
If we put together recent discoveries in neuroscience with Midrashic tradition, we may be able to shed new light on the meaning of the central mystery of Parshat Acharei Mot: the two goats, … more
There is much that the Torah leaves to our imagination. Regular students of the weekly Torah portion soon become convinced that the narratives they read each week are deliberately abbreviated, as … more
Not a day goes by when the State of Israel does not draw some attention somewhere in the world. This has become the norm. Yet not so long ago, mentions of our holy land were restricted to a few … more
Even before I laid eyes on the sorrowful yet mesmerizing photos of Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral going up in flames, the iconic cathedral billowing plumes of smoke, my immediate reaction was … more
On Shabbos, the last day of Pesach, 19-year-old John Earnest of San Diego walked into the Chabad of Poway synagogue and opened fire, killing one person and injuring three others. Liberal media … more
When I worked for the Anti-Defamation League more than a decade ago, relations between the Polish government and the Jewish community worldwide were incomparably better than they are now. But … more
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