Wednesday, February 10, 2016 AdarI 1, 5776
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Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz
The start of the New Year, the month of Tishrei, is full of holy days, among them four foundational ones: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah-Shemini Atzeret. They are as different from one another as possible. Yet, we may also think of all four as two pairs of two. The first two -- the day of memory and...
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What are you doing to change how you are presented in the Book of Life?
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“May you be inscribed in the Book Of Life.” Millions of Jews express this sentiment in countless synagogues during the High Holidays. But what does the saying mean? God isn’t human, so God couldn’t write names in a book. On the other hand, God is all-powerful, so God could presumably do whatever God wants. Say God does have a book...
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Rabbi Yonah Gross
Tisha B'Av, the 9th day of the month of Av, will be observed beginning Saturday night, July 28. The day is synonymous with great disasters in Jewish history, especially when both the first and second Temples were destroyed. After the time of the Mishnah, many other calamities coincided with this day, including the Jewish expulsion from Spain in 1492, the...
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Elie Kaunfer
Revelation is often considered the most intimate moment between God and the Jewish people. It is compared to a wedding, the culmination of a love affair, albeit a complicated one. But what if revelation were not a model for exclusive attachment but a narrative of universal relevance? How might that change our understanding of law-giving on Mount Sinai? Two midrashim...
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Sara N. S. Meirowitz
The subject was parshah Kedoshim, the Levitical holiness code, and I was attending my local egalitarian minyan, listening to a lay leader speak about the Torah reading. He was addressing the sensitive topic of the prohibition against male-male sexual relations, sharing a personal story about a gay friend's coming out. "As a modern Conservative Jew," he said, "I didn't know...
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