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R’ Abraham Joshua Heschel begins God in Search of Man with the following words: It is customary to blame secular science and anti-religious philosophy for the eclipse of religion in modern ...
by bluebird of happiness
Comment Count 18 comments on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 10:32 AM PST with 4 Recommends
The parsha for the week covers Bresheis 32:4 to 36:43. (Genesis) I was asked to write and post a Dvar Torah - if I put it in the wrong place I apologize, I'm not actually all that good with ...
by Mortifyd
Comment Count 20 comments on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 09:30 AM PST with 3 Recommends
The fervor and dedication applied to the interpretation of the Torah was a lot like a thousand-year chess tournament of International Grand Masters in which every square and every piece and every ...
by bluebird of happiness
Comment Count 5 comments on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 06:52 PM PDT with 5 Recommends
According to tradition, Israel was a small tribe under the Patriarchs. We lost our freedom in Egypt, sprouted a new nation under Moses and Joshua, and continued as such until the end of Solomon's ...
by bluebird of happiness
Comment Count 11 comments on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 07:05 PM PDT with 5 Recommends
The "written" Torah, or TaNaK, contains the Five Books of Moses, Nevi'im (Prophets), and Ketuvim (Writings, or scrolls). The "oral" Torah, or Mishna, began long before the Hebrews were taken to ...
by bluebird of happiness
Comment Count 8 comments on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 01:15 PM PDT with 10 Recommends
"When you go out" In this parasha we find a variety of instructions regarding interpersonal ethics, civil and criminal law. Make a fence on your home so no one falls off and breaks his neck. ...
by bluebird of happiness
Comment Count 6 comments on Thu Aug 30, 2012 at 12:39 PM PDT with 9 Recommends
It is my continuing effort to promote the concept of “unschooling”, the process of learning from real life, outside any formal learning environment, and without a teacher. It is a mostly ...
by leftyparent
Comment Count 13 comments on Sun May 06, 2012 at 05:00 AM PDT with 6 Recommends
Should there be sent down a vicegerent to make route for those who have disbelieved? For those who have forgotten how to see? Careless! Yet in their hearts they too wish to be! Will they deny the ...
by SulleeJ
Comment Count 6 comments on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 09:47 AM PST with 0 Recommends
A friend sent this to me today. It says something about Judaism that this could happen, and it says something about Judaism that I could go to this village for Shabbat and feel at home. Enjoy.
by ramara
Comment Count 15 comments on Mon Nov 07, 2011 at 08:46 PM PST with 16 Recommends
Few would dispute that God as characterized in the "Old Testament" (aka the Hebrew Bible) has some control and anger-management issues and perhaps narcissistic tendencies. When attempting to ...
by bluebird of happiness
Comment Count 55 comments on Mon Nov 07, 2011 at 02:37 PM PST with 52 Recommends
I've never written one of these before. I couldn't see just regurgitation quotes from others, to me, the weekly pershot should be something that starts me thinking. I hope I do that ...
by Jonathan Hoag
Comment Count 52 comments on Fri Oct 28, 2011 at 07:09 AM PDT with 19 Recommends
This past week I read in the Washington ...
by Navy Vet Terp
Comment Count 18 comments on Sat Sep 03, 2011 at 07:24 PM PDT with 18 Recommends
A bit of background, for those new to this: This week's parsha (the weekly Torah portion reading in the synagogue) is Re'eh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17). The overall theme of this week's parsha is the ...
by mayim
Comment Count 7 comments on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 07:24 AM PDT with 12 Recommends
So I got married. It was fantastic. Seriously. GLBT people - do not accept anything less than marriage. We had a civil ceremony with a judge and it was perfection. We had the wrong kind of visa.
by Mortifyd
Comment Count 11 comments on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 09:46 PM PDT with 3 Recommends
Parashat Eikev Devarim (Deuteronomy) 7:12-11:24 This week's portion, Eikev in Devarim (Deutoronomy) is Moses' exhortations to follow God's commandments, his ...
by Tamar
Comment Count 15 comments on Wed Aug 17, 2011 at 02:04 PM PDT with 8 Recommends
First, a personal comment: It's fascinating how a person's life experience shape them.... As I sit here in the great backwoods of Maine and read about the Israelites in the Wilderness, I realize ...
by mayim
Comment Count 10 comments on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 07:58 AM PDT with 16 Recommends
This week's parsha, Korach, is focused on conflict - and on conflict resolution and the use of power. Unfortunately, it's a topic still quite relevant to today's world, as humans haven't seemed to ...
by mayim
Comment Count 7 comments on Thu Jun 23, 2011 at 05:36 PM PDT with 15 Recommends
“.…in the human condition there is a fundamental life and death struggle with which we are constantly faced – the struggle between the soul and the body. Your body usually chooses ...
by bluebird of happiness
Comment Count 24 comments on Thu Jun 16, 2011 at 06:00 PM PDT with 22 Recommends
Cross-posted at Streetprophets Parashat Kedoshim marks the centerpoint of the Torah, falling approximately ...
by TheFatLadySings
Comment Count 21 comments on Thu Apr 28, 2011 at 03:35 PM PDT with 14 Recommends
The laws of family purity are derived from much of this parasha’s graphic discussion of bodily fluids. A product of the patriarchal times in which they lived, the Rabbis believed women were a ...
by bluebird of happiness
Comment Count 14 comments on Thu Apr 07, 2011 at 03:55 AM PDT with 10 Recommends