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Torah Portion – Vayetze

Torah Portion – Vayetze

By Shlomo Riskin “And he confronted the place and lodged there because the sun had set …”’ (Genesis 28:11) Jacob, the last of the patriarchs, is forced by his brother,… Read more »

Torah Portion – Toldot

Torah Portion – Toldot

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb Disillusionment. I first learned about it on a park bench on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where I attended high school. I learned about… Read more »

Torah Portion – Chayei Sarah

Torah Portion – Chayei Sarah

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb I grew up, as I imagine most of you did, believing in the basic principles of democracy. My parents and grandparents deeply appreciated the freedoms… Read more »

Torah Portion – Vayera

Torah Portion – Vayera

By Shlomo Riskin “And the two of them went together… And the two of them went together” (Genesis 22:6, 8) In previous commentaries, I have queried which of the two major… Read more »

TorahPortion – Lech Lecha

TorahPortion – Lech Lecha

By Shlomo Riskin Abraham is the founder of the Hebrew nation and the path-breaker who created the Hebrew religion. From this portion in the 12th chapter of the Book of… Read more »

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef was 93

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef was 93

By Yehuda Shlezinger and Israel Hayom/JNS.org Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, former chief Sephardi rabbi of Israel and the spiritual leader of the Orthodox Shas party, died Monday, Oct. 7 in Jerusalem… Read more »

Torah Portion – Parshat Noach

Torah Portion – Parshat Noach

By Shlomo Riskin “I have set My bow in the clouds, and it shall serve as a sign of the covenant between Me and the earth” (Genesis 9:13) The rainbow… Read more »

Jewish Film Series set to open in Southbury

Jewish Film Series set to open in Southbury

SOUTHBURY – The Jewish Film Festival Series, hosted by the Jewish Federation of Western CT, will open on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. with “Koch,” the acclaimed documentary about… Read more »

‘Kaddish, Women’s Voices’ depicts struggle between modernity and modern Orthodoxy

‘Kaddish, Women’s Voices’ depicts struggle between modernity and modern Orthodoxy

By Rabbi Jack Riemer/JNS.org Rabbi Norman Lamm once said that when modernity fights with the liberal movements in Judaism, it is not a fair fight because modernity always win, and… Read more »

TorahPortion — Sukkot

TorahPortion — Sukkot

By Shlomo Riskin “You shall dwell in booths for seven days… So that your generations will know that I caused the children of Israel to dwell in booths when I… Read more »

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