Posted on December 6, 2022
By Alex Israel. Last week I had the wildest encounter. My car was hijacked.
Posted on December 1, 2022
By Yaffa Epstein. Much like Speaker Pelosi, the Talmud tells us that Rabban Gamliel rules the house of study, with an iron fist, and with a desire for unity. However, Rabban Gamliel takes this desire a step too far.
Posted on September 29, 2022
by Rabbi Brent Spodek. When the Spanish fleet conquered Mexico in the 16th century, Luis de Carvajal y de la Cueva was appointed governor of the New Kingdom of Leon. In his jurisdiction were the towns of Leon, Neuvo Almaden and Monterrey, and thousands upon thousands of acres of silver mines. He was, to put Continue Reading »
Posted on September 21, 2022
The concept of Shemittah – the Jewish Sabbatical Year – includes among other things a provision to release people from debts owed to others. Though clearly a noble and moral sentiment, such a law can easily lead to problematic situations and even exploitation. Levi Cooper delves into one possible solution to this issue, provided by Continue Reading »
Posted on September 19, 2022
As synagogues plan for a new year of programming and community building, now is the perfect time to reprioritize ways to better serve marginalized people.
Posted on August 22, 2022
Rabbi Mike Uram tends to be a big-picture kind of guy. A Cleveland native who now lives in the Philadelphia area, he tells a story about his first visit to Baltimore as a teenager with his older brother. While walking around Fells Point and noticing its wide variety of taverns and alehouses, they were more Continue Reading »
Posted on August 2, 2022
The field of Jewish education in North America boasts a wealth of talented and dedicated professionals. These are educators, administrators, scholars, board members, and funders who commit their days, and often their careers, to this work. We brought three of them together for a conversation about the current state of Jewish education and about where Continue Reading »
Posted on June 22, 2022
This article was originally published in the December 2021 edition of Pardes’s Havruta magazine. To learn more about the Pardes Arts and Culture Fellowship, visit www.pardes.org.il/pardes-arts-culture-fellowship or email Ilana HaCohen at email@example.com.
Posted on May 23, 2022
Written by Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper – In 1965, Surah’le Hager (b. 1946) married Yissachar Dov Rokach (b. 1948). Surah’le was the granddaughter of the Vizhnitzer rebbe, Rabbi Hayim Meir Hager (1887-1972). Yissachar Dov was the leader-in-waiting of the Belz Hassidim, a position he would officially assume in 1966. The Belzer Rebbe and Rebbetzin did Continue Reading »
Posted on April 25, 2022
Written by Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper – Is there a license to reinterpret the Torah through pronunciation? The license to reinterpret the biblical text by transposing the vowels is a potent, perhaps even dangerous tool. The sages explained that both Moses and David did apprenticeships as shepherds. Since they looked after their sheep with care Continue Reading »