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  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Mishpatim with Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 5, 2016 | 4:21 am

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg, Senior Rabbi of the United Hebrew congregation in St.Louis, MO. Rabbi Rosenberg, who has been at United Hebrew since 2004, received her BA in Religion and Culture from Boston University and her M.A.H.L and rabbinical ordination from...

  • Torah portion: Becoming humans

    February 3, 2016 | 10:02 am

    “Evolution” is an explosive word in a Torah article. I’d like to argue, though, that there is one sense of evolution that is agreed to by all Jewish scholars.

    Parashat Mishpatim opens its message with the laws of owning a slave. A refrain heard twice in the Torah portion is that...

  • Torah portion: Learning Torah through the kid with special needs

    February 11, 2015 | 11:26 am

    The chiddush, that elusive new piece of wisdom that brings insight to my week, often comes from my students. With fresh eyes and hearts open to the inspiration that life has hidden away for us, they never fail to amaze me with their chochma (wisdom). This week, three people — our...

  • Sustainable Judaism

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    January 25, 2011 | 5:55 pm

    We are told that Pharaoh was punished harshly for enslaving the Israelites. But why does the Torah sanction slavery? And how am I supposed to respect the weaker strata of society — such as the converts, the sojourners, the widows and orphans — if I allow myself to enslave another...

  • Law and Order

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    In his magnum opus on the history and development of Jewish civil law, "Ha-Mishpat Ha-Ivri" ("Jewish Law"), Israeli Supreme Court Justice Menachem Elon remarks that basing a viable modern legal system on Jewish Law is no easy task -- "it calls for great intellectual effort,...