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Turning Memory Into Empathy: The Torah's Ethical Charge (Mishpatim, Exodus 21:1-24:18)

Rabbi Shai Held | Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shai Held

Exodus teaches us the baseline requirement: not to oppress the stranger. Leviticus magnifies the demand. And Deuteronomy raises the stakes even higher: Loving the stranger is a crucial form of 'walking in God's ways.'

Learning to Listen (Ekev, Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25)

Ariel Mayse | Posted 09.22.2013 | Religion
Ariel Mayse

This week's Torah portion (Ekev) opens with the call to listen to God's commandments and closes with an invitation to connect to the Divine by imitating, or "walking in," His ways. But what exactly are we to hear amid the laws?

What Does The Bible Say About Music?

Posted 12.27.2012 | Religion

God's word often gets a bad rap. Whether it's discussed out of context or used to justify bad behavior, the way the Bible is portrayed may leave us wi...

How Jacob Was Prepared To Risk His Soul In Confronting Esau’s Evil

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 01.31.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Our forefather Jacob taught us that only by challenging evil and standing up for what is good, can peace be brought to the world. If we can learn from these achievements of the past, then we are likely to repeat them.

The Costs Of Jewish Studies Endowments

Jacob Neusner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jacob Neusner

Secular academic institutions have gained unprecedented endowments for their professorships and programs in Jewish studies. But at what cost has Jewish learning entered the academy?