Monthly Archives: February 2013

Purim: A Sudden Reversal

Parashat Tetzave – Shabbat Zachor What is the connection between this week’s Torah portion and Purim? G-d takes ritual roles very seriously. Parashat Tetzave deals almost exclusively with the Kohanim – the priests. The Torah describes in detail their role … Continue reading

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Book Review: Intro to Messianic Judaism

A few weeks ago at the Hashivenu theological forum, I had the opportunity to pick up Dr. David Rudolph and Dr. Joel Willitts’ new book – hot off the press, Introduction to Messianic Judaism (Zondervan, 2013). This book is the … Continue reading

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Learning as Worship

Learning within Judaism is more than simply the acquisition of information … it is a form of worship. We have nearly 3,000 years’ worth of texts, layers of conversations, all grappling with our most sacred Scripture. For us as Jews, … Continue reading

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Hitbodedut: Praying in Solitude

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, a great-grandson of the Baal Shem Tov, and founder of Breslover Chassidus, breathed new life into Judaism by combining the mystical elements of Chassidus with in-depth Torah scholarship. In addition to regular davening from the Siddur, Rebbe Nachman … Continue reading

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