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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
Chukat

Ask a mountaineer why they climb mountains and the clichéd response is “because it’s there.” Not so in the bible where there is always a significant purpose to ascending mountains. Why are mountains important?  In his boo...

Posted on 23 June 2015, By Nick Gendler
Be Betrothed Unto Me…

Question: A traditional Ketubah indicates the status of the bride, who is described either as a virgin, divorcee, convert or widow. What is the proper way to write the Ketubah of a couple who have lived together before their marriage? Wha...

Posted on 17 June 2015, By Rabbi Chaim Weiner