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Vayera

We regularly describe Judaism as an ancient religion, emphasizing the antiquity of our narratives and pointing back to ancestors who take on mythic proportions. This week’s parashah is a prime exemplar, relating foundational stories of ...

Posted on 25 October 2018, By Claudia Setzer
Spotlight on the Talmudic Sages: Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai

Not many rabbis have superpowers, but a major exception is Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. Also known by his acronym, Rashbi, he was a second century rabbi living in the land of Israel during Roman occupation. According to the Babylonian Talmud ...

Posted on 16 October 2018, By Rabbi Roni Tabick
Lech-Lecha

Rabbi Gunther Plaut, in his Torah commentary on Lech-Lecha, calls Abraham ‘the Father of the Nation’. At the end of Noach (Gen 11:31) we were told that Terah, Abraham’s father, was taking his family from Ur towards Canaan, but Terah...

Posted on 16 October 2018, By Mike Fenster