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Is it time for a new Prayer for the State of Israel?

The prayer for the State of Israel that is ubiquitous in Israeli synagogues, and recited by many congregations around the world, begins by addressing God as our familiar saviour: Avinu she-ba-shamayim, Tsur Yisrael ve-go’alo – ...

Posted on 29 April 2020, By Rabbi Peretz Rodman
Tazria-Metzora

There is a pervasive myth in Jewish tradition that menstruating women cannot touch the Torah scroll. This myth hasn’t appeared out of the blue – this week’s Torah portion is about the interaction between ritual purity/impurity a...

Posted on 23 April 2020, By Rabbi Natasha Mann
Justice in Auschwitz: A reading of Primo Levi

(This piece was originally published in Kol HaKehilah, the Kol Nefesh Masorti magazine, in September 2015) Anyone who has translated from Hebrew to English knows that there are often a multitude of possible English meanings for a given He...

Posted on 14 April 2020, By Meira Ben-Gad