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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
Making Aliyah?

Responsum: The word mitzvah can mean good deed, but, technically, it refers to one of the 613 mitzvot or commandments in the Torah. This number was originally stated by Rabbi Simlai in the third century (Makkot 23b);² since then dozens o...

Posted on 23 February 2013, By Rabbi David Golinkin
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