Jewish Wisdom
in the 21st Century

The whole history of the Jews is, in fact, one of reviewing basic understandings and reformulating adequate responses to changing situations.

Rabbi Moshe Pitchon

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Reading Ruth

Shavuot, the “Feast of the Weeks” originated in biblical times to signal the end of the cereal harvest period. With the wheat and the barley

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Vayeira-Are We Jews A People?

Genesis-Chapter 18: 19 In Jewish tradition, Abraham is referred to as ‘Avraham Avinu,’ the father of the Jewish people. Lately, however, it has become sort of

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Vayeira-Offsetting Evil

Genesis-Chapter 18 Genesis chapter 18 spells the dilemma of having to confront societies that not only violate the human rights of their citizens but, endanger

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Abrahamic Religions?

Abraham, Israel’s first ancestor. His story, found in the biblical book of Genesis occupies about fourteen chapters, or roughly twenty pages. “More than any other

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Toldot- Isaac’s Wells

Genesis-chapter 26 Chapter 26 of the Book of Genesis records what 4000 years ago was the first expulsion of those who eventually would become the

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Vayetze- Questioning God

Genesis- Chapters 28: 10-32: 3 Although in Jewish liturgy God is referred to as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, says Leon Kass, the

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Parshat Lech-Lecha

Genesis-Chapter 12 “Those whose identities are rarely questioned and who have never known exile or subjugation of land and culture,” wrote Anthony D. Smith, Professor

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Parshat Noah

Noah According to the first eleven chapters of Genesis, the early history of humanity was filled with trauma: exile (The Garden of Eden), murder (Cain

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Parshat Noah

There is Truth and There Are Lies Genesis-Chapters 6: 9- 11: 32 The opening for the commentary on this week’s Torah reading start with the

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Parashat Bereshit

The Hanging Threat of Chaos Genesis-Chapter 1 verse 2 The Book of Bereshit (“Genesis”), the first book of Israel’s foundational literature begins with a general

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Parashat Bereshit

Taming of Creativity Genesis- Chapter 1 verses 1 and 2 When God began to create heaven and earth the earth being unformed and void, with

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Parashat Bereshit

The Meaning of Life Genesis-Chapter 1 The book of Bereshit (Genesis) purports to answer several momentous questions bearing on Judaism’s understanding of human life and

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