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Torah Portion – Sh’lach

Torah Portion – Sh’lach

By Shlomo Riskin The most difficult incident in the desert was the refusal of the Israelites to conquer the Land of Israel. Had they left Egypt and made their way… Read more »

“Covers” inaugurates new division of Folksbiene

“Covers” inaugurates new division of Folksbiene

A new play, “Covers,” exploring the Russian-Jewish immigrant experience inaugurates Folksbiene RU, a new initiative of the award-winning National Yiddish Theatre, Folksbiene, co-created in partnership with Genesis Philanthropy Group.  Directed by… Read more »

Torah Portion: Beha’alotecha

Torah Portion: Beha’alotecha

By Shlomo Riskin “In the second month [Iyar] on the afternoon of the fourteenth day, he shall prepare it [the second Passover Sacrifice]” (Numbers 9:11) One of the many injunctions… Read more »

Torah Portion — Naso

Torah Portion — Naso

By Shlomo Riskin This week’s reading of Naso describes the “sota,” the woman who acts immodestly. At the very least, she sequesters herself alone with a man despite the fact… Read more »

TorahPortion: Bamidbar/Shavuot

TorahPortion: Bamidbar/Shavuot

“Wherever you go, I shall go…Your nation will be my nation, your God my God…” (Ruth 1:16) Despite the conventional wisdom that Judaism attempts to “push away” converts, and despite the… Read more »

Former Westport rabbinic intern joins St. Louis synagogue

Former Westport rabbinic intern joins St. Louis synagogue

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Rori Picker Neiss, who previously served as a congregational intern at Beit Chaverim Synagogue of Westport/Norwalk, has been named director of programming, education and community engagement… Read more »

KOLOT: The status of Brit Milah today

KOLOT: The status of Brit Milah today

By Rabbi Gary Atkins   Although the covenant of brit milah – ritual circumcision – goes back to earlier Torah portions in the book of Genesis, brit milah as a… Read more »

TorahPortion — Behar Behukotai

TorahPortion — Behar Behukotai

By Shlomo Riskin “If your brother becomes impoverished and his support is faltering when he is with you, you must strengthen him, the stranger and resident [ger vetoshav], so that… Read more »

TorahPortion: Emor

TorahPortion: Emor

By Shlomo Riskin “I shall be sanctified in the midst of the children of Israel…” (Leviticus 22:32) ­ Neither the Bible nor Jewish law has ever seen martyrdom as an ideal… Read more »

From Russia with Love

From Russia with Love

  Students at the Lipman Jewish Day School celebrated Israel’s 65th anniversary in much the same way as students all across the U.S. – with lots of fun activities focusing… Read more »

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