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Matot-Masei

The double sedra Matot-Masei could be subtitled “The Anti-feminists’ Revenge”, because it begins and ends with the subversion of a legal concession given to women. At the very beginning of Matot, God commands that if a man makes a v...

Posted on 13 July 2015, By Robert Stone
A Contemporary Understanding of Mitzvot

In Hebrew, the word “mitzvah” means commandment. At its simplest level, a mitzvah embodies God’s will, creating an imperative for those who would live their lives in accordance with God’s desire. Of course, there a...

Posted on 7 July 2015, By Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson
Pinchas

There are times when Torah acts as a leadership self-help manual, offering guidance and support. Recently Moses has had to deal with repeated complaints and rebellion (Hukkat and Korah), arguing spies (Shelach lecha) and sorcery (Balak). ...

Posted on 6 July 2015, By Marc Shoffren