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Perhaps among one of the greatest Jewish theologians in the United States today is Rabbi David Fohrman of Woodmere. His writings about the story of Purim will be the main focus of this … more
Years ago, when Debra Blank was teaching rabbinical students at the Jewish Theological Seminary, she noticed many of them used ArtScroll prayer books,” an article in the Forward noted last … more
This past week commemorated the sheloshim, one month, since the passing of Rabbi Yisroel Belsky, zt”l. Much has been written in tribute to his legacy. This week’s essay will note some of … more
Yes, Purim is indeed a serious holiday. Joyous, yes, but serious too. With the leap year commemorative of Purim Katan, the little Purim just observed and now behind us, it is time to start giving … more
Two weeks ago, in my review of Rabbi Nachum Amsel’s “The Encyclopedia of Jewish Values,” I briefly touched on his essay on the Jewish take on gun control. Within that essay we … more
As a column devoted to the review of the finest in Jewish books, it came as a pleasant surprise to read a series of teachings by Rabbi Avi Zakutinsky dealing with how one should show respect for our … more
The literary work that is my subject for the next few weeks is entitled, “The Encyclopedia of Jewish Values” (Urim Publications, 2015), a series of essays on some of the most provocative … more
For many of us when we read the word aggadah, we assume that the subject deals with legend. However, after you read the book under review this week, the very concept of aggadah will take on a new, … more
With the sharp windy chill in the air there is an increasing wish for an early spring. Our religious tradition has long ago provided us with a meaningful expression of that wish in terms of ritual. … more
From last week’s essay about Lashon Harah, evil speech, this week we will deal with Lashon Hakodesh, sacred speech, only this time the speech we are dealing with concerns the history of a whole … more
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