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Ki Teitzei

At first glance, this week’s parashah reads as a manifesto of the patriarchy holding tight to power while trying to be nice. It begins, “When you go out to war…” and you rape a woman and pillage land, don’t be utterly ghastly to...

Posted on 30 August 2017, By Dina Pinner
Ki Tavo

In our society there is a widely held belief that morality is essentially concerned with two things – helping (or at least not harming) people, and being fair. We have significant disagreements about what those two ideas mean, but the u...

Posted on 30 August 2017, By Daniel Oppenheimer

As we enter the month of Elul, the period of spiritual preparation for the High Holidays, it is fitting that we read Parashat Shoftim. The word Shoftim means “judges”. This Torah portion is dedicated to the establishment of a judici...

Posted on 23 August 2017, By Rabbi Lauren Berkun