A Repetition of the Torah?

A Repetition of the Torah?

Anyone who has children knows that if you want them to learn something, telling them once is never enough. Singing the alphabet over and over, repeating math tables, and repeating mnemonics are all part of the learning process. They become so ingrained that they...
The Lofty Lesson of a Silent Aleph

The Lofty Lesson of a Silent Aleph

The better hours of my adolescence were spent at Grateful Dead concerts. I made great friends and had a great time. But the main draw was, of course, the music. Tuned to the tempo of a heartbeat, the music was meant for slow dancing, swaying for hours. I loved...
Nine Days: Mourning with a Purpose

Nine Days: Mourning with a Purpose

My rabbi once told me that God created the world because he loves stories and the best stories are about people. But some stories take generations to tell. The Bible graphically illustrates this. The covenant that God made with Abraham promises that his descendants...
The Torn Page that Gave Life

The Torn Page that Gave Life

On June 29th, 2022, Israel lost a great light last month when Rabbi David Weiss Halivni passed away in Jerusalem at the age of 94. A  Professor of Talmud and recognized as a brilliant scholar, he served as the head of the Union for Traditional Judaism’s...
Why You Must Keep Your Word

Why You Must Keep Your Word

“The Bible doesn’t make any sense.” Dan was trying to get me angry, or at least get my attention. We go back a long way and meet for lunch every month. Dan likes to debate so we talk about everything under the sun. Over the years, I have gotten more religious and he...