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  • What’s bothering Rashi about Noah?

    5 days ago

    While Paramount’s “Noah” movie has sold plenty of tickets, audience reaction has been mixed. Yet whether people love the film or loathe it, one reaction seemed universal. Viewers have had lots of questions, particularly about how far the movie strays from the biblical text and...

  • Watch: Russell Crowe in ‘Noah’ trailer

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    November 15, 2013 | 10:44 am

    And now, after a tidal wave of buzz, something that will really float your boat (and provide us with the opportunity to make lots of terrible puns): the trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah.”

    The biblical film looks exactly as epic as you’d expect, sort of like “Braveheart” but...

  • Biblical numbers, mathematics and attributed patriarchal ages

    By Roger Price

    November 13, 2013 | 12:49 pm

         The Hebrew Bible is filled with numbers. There are different kinds of numbers -- cardinals and ordinals, integers and fractions, even primes. And they are everywhere in the Torah text.

         There are numbers for days and numbers for life spans.

         There are numbers for...

  • Israel to plant more than 3,000 trees to memorialize Newtown victims

    December 31, 2012 | 1:30 pm

    More than 2,000 people have donated funds to plant a grove of more than 3,000 trees in Israel in memory of the victims of the Newtown shooting.

    Hadassah has raised more than $61,000 toward the planting of trees honoring the 26 victims of the Dec. 14 massacre at the Sandy Hook...

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  • The Torah and the JST: Pharaoh’s heart, Lot’s daughters, Noah’s altruism, and wicked witches

    By Mark Paredes

    September 24, 2012 | 7:36 pm

    Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you. – Deuteronomy 4:2


    I thought of blogging on the LDS concept of atonement during Yom Kippur week, but given the...

  • Raising the bar brings zest, creativity to rite of passage

    By Rachel Heller

    April 25, 2012 | 11:05 am

    At his recent bar mitzvah, Noah Genco-Kamin managed to tell one of the most well-known stories in the Jewish canon — that of the Israelites wandering in the desert after the Exodus — in a way that no one present had heard it told before: from the perspective of a cow.

    Wearing a...

  • Michael Fassbender on “Shame,” sadism, playing a Jewish supervillain and why he’s not in therapy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 5, 2011 | 11:54 pm

    “Shame, shame, shame, shame,” Michael Fassbender, who very much seems to be the actor of the moment, sang in a goofy baritone recently.  His impromptu ditty was unexpected, given that he was in the middle of an intense discussion about his two latest films:  Steve McQueen’s...

  • Unique Capabilities: Parashat Noach (Genesis 6:9-11:32)

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    October 26, 2011 | 5:39 pm

    There are places in the Torah where many of us moderns have a hard time relating to our ancestors and the societies in which they lived. Oppression of women, slavery, animal sacrifice, a God that intervenes and directs our lives in a forceful and immediate way, to name a few. This...

  • Briefs: Questions women can’t ask the rabbi, cartoon Torah, parking tickets, Latino Sukkot

    October 29, 2008 | 10:35 pm

    You Can't Ask a Rabbi THAT...

    Asking your rabbi a question about your period or your sex life might seem odd, but couples who observe the laws of family purity -- where they refrain from sexual contact during and after a woman's menstrual cycle -- occasionally need to provide...

  • Noah’s deadly lack of curiosity

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    October 29, 2008 | 8:58 pm

    It is a question that has dogged Noah for millennia. When the Torah characterizes him as a tzadik (righteous person) in his generation, is this an objective measure of his character?

    Was Noah someone who would have been recognized as a tzadik in any generation? Or was Noah only a...

  • Picking up the pieces

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    October 11, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "The Sabbath Day: One should not forget it;
    Its memory is like a savory fragrance.
    The dove found respite on it [the Sabbath],
    And on it the weary of spirit shall rest."
    -- Translated from "Yom Shabbaton," Shabbat Zemirot liturgy, composed by R' Judah HaLevi (d. 1140)
    The dove...
  • Noah is full of animal crackers

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Animal Crackers

    This week's Torah Portion is Noach. We learn that Noah had to build a massive ark (aka a really BIG boat) because the floods were coming. Two of every animal (one male, one female) had to make it onto the boat, otherwise there would be no more of that animal in the...

  • A grown-up children’s story

    By Rabbi Karen Deitsch

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Inner child therapy is a psychological method aimed at giving voice to part of the adult psyche that remains eternally childlike. It purports that a vulnerable innocence exists within our subconscious; when acknowledged, a more complete and mature life experience is attained.

    For example, were my inner child invited to describe Parshat Noach, she might say:
     

  • You Rule

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "While all other sciences have advanced, government is at a standstill -- little better practiced now than three or four thousand years ago." -- John Adams

    If the art of government had improved, then war, disease and poverty inflicted by the tyranny and selfishness of man, as well...

  • Lenin, Meet Noah

    By Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Fall was just beginning to turn the Moscow air crispy when the lot of us -- 10 high school seniors and three faculty members of Yeshiva University Los Angeles Girls' School -- trudged down the stairs of our Intourist Hotel in the late '80s, and began our walk of several miles, not to...

  • Captains of Destiny

    By Rabbi Allen I. Freehling

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    This week's Torah portion, Shemot, finds us studying the Book of Exodus for the first time this year. Probing the text, I began to think about the Hebrew word tevah (ark) that is found only twice in the Torah -- in parshat Noah and in this one.

    As Rabbi James Mirel once wrote: "There...

  • Law and Order

    By Rabbi Allen I. Freehling

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In a Sept. 11 New York Times Op-Ed piece by Thomas L. Friedman on the feelings of angst that linger a year after Sept. 11, 2001, the distinguished columnist reports that he turned to Rabbi Tzvi Marx, a teacher in the Netherlands. Here's what Marx told Friedman:

    "To some extent, we...

  • Your Letters

    October 25, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Lenin Revisited

    Contrary to Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein's claims ("Lenin Meet Noah," Oct. 19), "state-controlled terror as an instrument of imposing the government's will" was not invented by Lenin. In fact, the revolution he led outlawed anti-Semitism and the pogroms that permeated...

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