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Reflections: Tetzaveh

Last year, I investigated the teraphim (household idols used for divination) and Nehushtan (the copper snake with miraculous healing powers). Today, I want to look at the mysterious Urim and Tumim, which Rabbi Hertz described as “on...

Posted on 23 February 2013, By Nahum Gordon
Reflections: Terumah

One of the most enigmatic questions of the Torah occurs in this week’s parashah. Why does God need a house? The sedrot at this time of year are concerned with the furnishings of the Mikdash or the sanctuary at the centre of the Israel...

Posted on 16 February 2013, By Rabbi Daniella Kolodny
Reflections: Mishpatim

There’s an old children’s joke that goes: Where was Moses when the lights went out? The answer: In the dark. While this used to generate a good deal of hilarity when we were (much) younger, the question Where was Moses? is a good one ...

Posted on 9 February 2013, By Rabbi Deborah Silver