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Parashat Hashavua in the Israeli Public Square

If you find yourself in downtown Jerusalem on a Wednesday night and you happen to hear about hundreds of people who are gathering in order to hear someone speak about parashat ha-shavua, the chances are that you are hearing about Sivan Rahav-Meir’s talk on Parashat Hashavua that takes place every Wednesday evening. Rahav-Meir wears many […]

Shabbat Pamphlets Make the Evening News

In almost every Israeli synagogue you can find alonei shabbat, pamphlets or handouts on the weekly Torah portion. In the past few years things have gone beyond pamphlets that just discuss the parashah, and there are now available what amount to small magazines that targeted towards the religious public. See here (Hebrew) for a comprehensive […]

The History of Nachmanides’s Commentary on the Torah

The Musaf Shabbat of Makor Rishon has a very interesting book review (Hebrew) of what looks like a fascinating book. Yosef Ofer and Yehonatan Jacobs have published a book that examines the history of Ramban’s commentary on the Torah. Previous scholars had noticed additions to his commentary that Nachmanides added later, specifically those which were […]

Rock ‘n Roll Midrash-Redemption Song

No week in which Parashat va-Yeishev is read would be complete without listening to Bob Marley’s Redemption Song, which begins with the following lines: Old pirates, yes, they rob I; Sold I to the merchant ships, Minutes after they took I From the bottomless pit. But my hand was made strong By the hand of […]

Friday Afternoon Song: Noah by Matti Caspi

The song Noaḥ was written by Yoram Taharlev and the music is by Matti Caspi. Read here (Hebrew) for a description of some background to the writing of the song. Shabbat Shalom. נוח לא שכחנו איך בגשם ובסער נוח לתיבה אספת את חיות היער שתיים שתיים מכל מין האריה והממותה הגמל והשיבוטה וגם ההיפופוטם פתח […]

What Was the Sin of the Animals?

In the Rosh ha-Shannah edition of Haaretz, Yaacov Shavit had a nice article about the sins of the generation of the flood. The Hebrew can be found here, but I do not think that it was translated into English. Shavit brings numeorus interpretations and retellings of the flood story from many different sources, recent and […]

Parashat Beshalah-5771

Here is a devar Torah that I wrote for the Academy of Jewish Religion and can be found here. With Pharaoh and his army in hot pursuit, Parashat Beshalah describes the Children of Israel crying out to God, “In great fear the Children of Israel cried out to the LORD.” (Exodus 14:10). No answer came […]

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