October 6, 2022

Book Review: Yakov Nagen, The Soul of the Mishna

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October 6, 2022

Book Review: Adam Kirsch, Come and Hear: What I Saw in My Seven-and-a-Half-Year Journey Through the Talmud

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October 6, 2022

The Sukka: From Cradle to Grave 

Marc Eichenbaum incorporates ideas from John Bowlby's Attachment Theory to offer a novel perspective on the connection between the Yomim Noraim and Sukkot. Just as a mother cradles her child and provides nourishment and protection, the Sukka should be seen as a Divine embrace and safe haven after our spiritual rebirth that occurred on the Yomim Noraim. 
October 3, 2022

Yom Kippur and the Roll of the Dice

The goral (casting of lots) takes a central role on Yom Kippur – from the method the high priest used to select which goat should be sent to the desert, to the sailors’ use of goral to determine that Jonah was the cause of the storm. Some think goral reveals a divine truth, but David Curwin presents another perspective in which the goral is actually a random role of the dice which allows us to achieve our spiritual goals for the holiest of days.
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