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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,...
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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,...
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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...