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Torah Portion – Vayishlach

Torah Portion – Vayishlach

By Shlomo Riskin Israel’s military operation “Pillar of Defense” was greatly successful in ending the rocket attacks on the residents in the south whose lives were constantly being threatened by… Read more »

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 »

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