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Mishpatim

There are few cases in the Torah in which emotions or thoughts are directly demanded. While we are called to increase love and avoid hatred and jealousy, these mitzvot are far outnumbered by commandments on interpersonal and ritual action...

Posted on 31 January 2019, By Natasha Mann
Spotlight on Talmudic Sages: Reish Lakish

Rabbi Shimon Ben Lakish, known as Reish Lakish, was a 3rd-century Amora who lived in the town of Sepphoris. He is primarily remembered for two things: his rather insalubrious youth, during which he worked as a thief and a gladiator, and h...

Posted on 31 January 2019, By Rina Wolfson
Mental Health Awareness Shabbat

What does our tradition say about mental illness? The short answer is ‘not much’. And what it does say is often unhelpful, sometimes cruel. Take suicide, for example. Suicide is the leading cause of death among men under 50. Yet in a...

Posted on 10 January 2019, By Masorti Judaism