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  • Rabbi Chaim Mentz on Parashat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1 11:47)

    April 17, 2015 | 1:17 pm

    In the early years of American Jewish history, there was a debate about whether American life was different from the shtetl life of Europe. Many...

  • Rabbi Edward Feinstein on Parashat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1 11:47)

    April 17, 2015 | 1:16 pm

    Americans have an infatuation with leaders. The English philosopher Thomas Carlyle believed that history is propelled by “the great man” (Carlyle’s...

  • Relationship status: It’s complicated

    by Rabbi Eliyahu Fink

    April 8, 2015 | 11:44 am

    One of the more mysterious Passover traditions is the public reading of Shir HaShirim — The Song of Songs. Shir HaShirim is a magnificent expression of...

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  • Redemption: The good, the bad and the ugly

    by Rabbi Dara Frimmer

    April 2, 2015 | 7:41 pm

    It should have been that our ancestors’ redemption from slavery meant they were finally free. That was what they had cried out for, after all: freedom...

  • Passover: A lesson in political science

    by Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    March 25, 2015 | 11:00 am

    Decades ago, before the creation of the State of Israel, David Ben-Gurion gave a brief lesson in Jewish history: 

    “Three hundred years, ago a ship...

  • Torah portion: The meaning of life

    by Rabbi Tal Sessler

    March 18, 2015 | 11:56 am

    Great thinkers have important things to say about the meaning of life. For the Greek philosopher Aristotle, it was that “man is a political animal.”...

  • Torah portion: Building a community on individual effort

    by Rabbi Michael Barclay

    March 11, 2015 | 11:11 am

    “Do not regard anyone with contempt, and do not reject anything, for there is no man who does not have his hour and nothing which does not have its...

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