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Camping Out: Parshat Bamidbar

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

The Jewish people are separated into camps, tribes, and families. But G-d makes sure to send the message that each person is important as an individual as well.

Shema Yisrael: Parshat VaYigash

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 02.02.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

During the emotional reunion of Jacob and Joseph, only one of them hugs the other initially. What is the other one doing, and why?

Fathers and Sons: Parshat VaYeishev

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Joseph faces extraordinary temptation as his master's wife attempts to seduce him. His father's image saves him, foreshadowing a later heroic attempt by King David to save his son.

The Journey Home (Vayishlach, Genesis 32:4 - 36:43)

Ariel Mayse | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Ariel Mayse

In Jewish tradition, the Jabbok symbolizes the enigmatic boundary between life and death. The far bank of the river, the locus of Jacob's struggle, is a liminal frontier shrouded in mystery and fear. But it is also a realm of transition and transformation.

It's Mine, All Mine - Parshat VaYishlach

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Jacob gets attacked by Esau's angel after crossing a river alone. What was so important on the other side of the river to cause Jacob to face danger by himself?

Thanksgiving: Parshat VaYeitzei

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Leah names her fourth son "Yehuda," drawing the name from a word meaning thankfulness. But why did she wait for her fourth son's birth before thanking G-d?

Harry's Video Blog: Builders of the Lost Ark: Parshat Terumah

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 04.17.2013 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Partners in Torah brings you Harry's Video Blog and the always entertaining Harry Rothenberg. In this week's Torah portion, Parshat Terumah, the Jewish people are commanded to build the Tabernacle and the Ark while still in the desert. Trees don't grow in the desert.

Why the Twilight Saga Film Franchise Mattered

Scott Mendelson | Posted 01.14.2013 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Oh sure we may see spin-offs, reboots (probably in a different medium) and/or quasi-sequels in some form or another, but the five-part Edward/Bella saga will come to its apparent climax.

Sleeping For Peace

Lisa Hickman | Posted 10.31.2012 | Religion
Lisa Hickman

May we rest, sleep with the angels, and then wake up to a new day ready to reconcile and reorder this complicated world toward the common good.

LOOK: 'Breaking Dawn Part 2' Gets Character Posters

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 07.24.2012 | Entertainment

"Breaking Dawn Part 2" doesn't arrive in theaters until November, but that doesn't mean you can't spend a little part of this Thursday in May squealin...

2011's Most Popular Baby Names

| Posted 05.14.2012 | Parents

Written by Pamela Redmond Satran Sophia is the new top girls’ name in the U.S., unseating Isabella after a two-year reign, according to the Socia...

Lent: Music For A Penitential Season

Lorenzo Candelaria | Posted 05.22.2012 | Religion
Lorenzo Candelaria

As we renew our Lenten resolutions at the midpoint of this season, perhaps we might consider doing so as Pope Paul III did centuries ago -- reflecting on Michelangelo's Last Judgment.

Patriarchs And Presidents

Rabbi Samuel April | Posted 06.19.2011 | Politics
Rabbi Samuel April

To become the founding father of a nation, one had to challenge the status quo. From Lincoln through both World Wars, the presidents preserved the honor and tradition of America. All of those dynamics changed during the 37th presidency.

Love Is the Real Legacy of 9/11

Anne Dilenschneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Anne Dilenschneider

If you had one last thing to say, What would it be? One more way to stand before your liberty. Would it be, could it be, Would it be love? Would it b...

A Twilight Seduction: What Men Can Learn From Edward

Devra Maza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Devra Maza

Men wanting to inspire the kind of rapacious passion Edward does might try reading the Twilight novels. Think of it as research: anything that sends the opposite sex into that much of a tizzy should be viewed as a textbook.

On Lost: "The Incident" Season Finale

Jay Glatfelter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jay Glatfelter

In the end, this season of Lost to me is the first half of the last act. Incomplete until we go into next season. One thing we do know for sure: it's going to be another long 8 months.