Torah Portion

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The Opposite of Slavery Is Freedom of Naming

This Shabbat, we begin the book of Exodus -- Shemot or "Names" in Hebrew. Exodus is filled with drama: Moses demands freedom from Pharaoh,...

What Constitutes True Nature of Freedom?

People tend to think of freedom in terms of negating a pre-existing condition. So they talk about freedom from coercion, from tyranny, from oppression,...

So What’s the Reason We Have to Be Kosher?

This week's Torah reading, Shemini, is one of several places in the Torah where we are given the laws of kashrut -- the guidelines...