A b’rachah (blessing) isn’t enough. Anytime we delve into Torah study, we need more than the b’rachah over study; we need words of strength to brace ourselves, as we engage in Torah’s complexity.
In The Divine Symphony: The Bible’s Many Voices, Hebrew University Bible professor Israel Knohl describes the challenging, often contradictory theological and spiritual impulses in Torah as “the divine symphony.” The task set before lovers of Torah is to “learn to listen to the various parts of the symphony, each instrument speaking out from an array of ideological possibilities and often...Read More
In every generation, figures of influence rise to leadership. They reshape the Jewish community in their image. Sometimes they are public intellectuals, sometimes institution builders, sometimes analysts, sometimes power brokers. Rarely does one person embody all of these qualities – and more.
Leonard (Leibel) Fein embodied all of these qualities. As an academic (he taught political science at MIT, was the Deputy Director of the MIT/Harvard Joint Center for Urban Studies and joined the Brandeis faculty as the Klutznik Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies), Leibel's 1950s book...Read More
Last week, Israel welcomed 338 new citizens who arrived on a charter flight from New York City. We stood in awe by the fact that Jewish olim, immigrants, continue to arrive here, even in times of war. They are part of Israel's uniqueness. We at the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) believes olim from around the world contribute to our strength, and we work hard to ensure Israel welcomes them all.
When a Jew wants to make aliyah to Israel under the Law of Return, the Ministry of Interior requires that person to prove his/her Judaism. For most olim,...Read More
The fears and uncertainties surrounding the continuing crisis in Ukraine has had an effect on this year’s Inter-Regional Summer Camps, hosted by the World Union for Progressive Judaism in Minsk and Belarus. The crisis begin in the fall of 2013, when President Yanukovych rejected a proposal to strengthen ties with the European Union. In March 2014, Russia invaded and subsequently annexed Crimea, and fighting continues between Ukrainian and pro-Russia separatist rebels.
Last year’s Inter-Regional Camps, held in the Carpathian Mountains...Read More
Bread is not enough The words that God speaks to us Can nourish our souls Deut 8:3 "... man does not live by bread only, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God does man live."
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