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Tetzave - Home, Mishkan, Eden
The Garden of Eden, the Mishkan, and our own home are intrinsically connected.
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Restoring Leadership - Ekev
A true leader is not a dictator or a tyrant, but rather one who cares about all. God's ,ight and justice are described as such which are directed at helping the needy, the orphan, and the widow.
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Isaiah's Viduy - Ekev
How would the prophets pray? Would Isaiah say the same viduy as we do?
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Akedah - Torn Between Emotion and Devotion
A poem in the Sephardic Rosh HaHshanah liturgy offers a revolutionary view of the Akedah, which is in line with Sephardic theology which tended to reject martyrdom.
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The Empty Nest - Annotated Akedah Liturgy
This poem about the Akedah, written in 12th-13th C Germany, reflects the deep tension between Judaism and Christianity, as well as the influence of the Christian martyrdom culture on Judaism. It is presented here with annotations and references.
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Sarah's Diaries, Part II - The Akedah
The Akedah in Sarah's words. What Abraham told her. How she found out. What was she thinking.
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Sarah's Diaries, Part I - Hagar
What if Sarah wrote a diary? How would she describe her struggles with being barren and with seeing Hagar poregnant?
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Seek God, Find Your Soul - Nitzavim
The Midrash says that God is closer to from Rosh HaShana until Kippur. But isn't God always close to us? On the other hand, can God even be close to us?
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Exposing Hypocrisy - Ki Tavo
The list of curses which is part of the covenant made with Israelites on Mount Gerizzim and Mount Eval revolves around the theme of honesty and transparency. It is a proof that the purpose of the observance system of the Torah is to help humans i creating a just society.
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Protecting Captives of War - Ki Tetze
The discussion of a captive woman in Parashat Ki Tetze is a contentious matter among commentators. This articles suggests that the purpose of the instructions mentioned in the Parasha is to protect the captive woman and restore humanity to embattled soldiers.
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Can a Man be Unbiased? - Shofetim
The Torah establishes a judicial system in which the judges are commanded to treat all citizens equally, but is that possible when all judges are men? This question is examined by analyzing cases of Agunot, women whose husbands refuse to give them a Get - Jewish divorce.
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Contemporary Justice - Shofetim
An examination of the biblical judicial system as interpreted by the sages of the Mishnah and as can be interpreted in contemporary terms.
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The Gifts of the Torah - VaEthanan
What are the special gifts of the torah which help the Jewish People withstand the test of time?
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The Book of Job - A Guide for Jewish Ethics
The Book of Job is traditionally perceived as a treatise about good and evil and about the age-old problem of Divine Justice, or theodicy. This class will suggest that the Book of Job presents a new stage in the development of Jewish ethics, and that this new theology, which is extremely relevant and necessary for our generation, was so controversial that it had to be hidden under layers of discourse.
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Kedoshim - Be Unique
If to be Kadosh is to be unique, then God tells us to appreciate our individuality and uniqueness just as God is unique. An analysis of several laws in Parashat Kedoshim can lead us in this direction.
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Ruth New Commentary - Ruth the Hidden Redeemer
Ruth is determined to redeem Naomi from her despair. She knew Naomi as a great leader and felt that Naomi is too proud to ask for help. In this new commentary I argue that Ruth found a way to work behind the scenes and restore Naomi's faith and resilience.
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