July 18, 2022

Natan Slifkin, Rationalism vs. Mysticism: Schisms in Traditional Jewish Thought

July 17, 2022

REVIEW: The Sabbath of the Land

As we begin our observance of the Three Weeks we turn our attention to an exploration of the spiritual, halakhic, and ecological dimensions of shemitta presented in Yedidya J. Sinclair’s thoughtful new translation of “Shabbat HaAretz” by Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook (Maggid Books). Ariel Evan Mayse suggests that the volume is an extremely timely contribution, given the perilous potential ecological calamities humanity faces.
July 14, 2022

The BEST: “What Gorgeous Thing”

Rivka Krause writes on poet Mary Oliver and her lesson to pause for gratitude: At times, the deepest understanding comes from appreciating the simple and often overlooked things around us. Our rituals aim to ingrain a thankfulness through awareness into the Jewish consciousness. The action of blessing food before eating should lead to thoughtfulness of where it comes from and why we eat it, but it so rarely does, because we do not pause and think.
July 11, 2022

Bilam the Prophet

Why did Hazal draw a comparison between Moshe and Bilam that appears to flatter a sworn enemy of Israel at the expense of our greatest prophet?  Simi Peters explains…
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