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While Jonah is the biblical character often portrayed as the “reluctant prophet”, it is in fact Bil’am (Balaam in the standard English transcription) who most deserves this title. Jonah knows exactly what it is about God’s actions...

Posted on 30 June 2015, By Rabbi Peretz Rodman
Is it Possible to Make Sense of a Biblical Ritual? (Chok)

The ritual of the red heifer is the only way to rid a person of ritual pollution (tum’ah) after the person becomes tainted by contact with a dead person. Although there are many forms of ritual pollution, the type derived from contact w...

Posted on 24 June 2015, By Ed Greenstein