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Two situations are presented in this week’s parashah, Parashat Tazria, which bring a person from a state of taharah (often translated as ‘purity’) to a state of tumah (‘impurity’): childbirth, and the mysterious affliction of tz...

Posted on 3 April 2019, By Natasha Mann
The Kuzari

Blame Plato. There is something odd about our perception of Yehuda Halevi (1075-1141). After all, he composed some of the most sublime poetry written in the Hebrew language. Yet he also wrote the Kuzari, a work regularly seen as advocatin...

Posted on 29 March 2019, By Andrew Levy

Shmini deals with two fundamental facets of human existence: death and food. We open with the ceremony celebrating the priestly ordination of Aaron and his sons, marked by a series of animal offerings. Then comes the death of Nadab and Ab...

Posted on 29 March 2019, By Meira Ben-Gad