Flashback Friday: What’s the Right Cup Size for this Idol? Parsha Balak + Breasts

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Aside from occasionally stashing an iPod in my sports bra while working out, I’ve never found my boobs a particularly convenient cache for goods. Nor do I imagine anything larger than an iPod would make for swift and graceful recovery in a moment of passion. Which is why I laughed aloud at both the Talmud and Rashi when I read their explanations of the last chapter of this week’s parshah, Balak.

Chapter 25 of Bamidbar (Numbers) reads, “while Israel was staying with Shittim, the people profaned themselves by whoring with the Moabite women, who invited the people to the sacrifices for their god. The people partook of them and worshipped that god. Thus Israel attached itself to Baal-peor, and the Lord was incensed with Israel. The Lord said to Moses, ‘Take all the ringleaders and have them publicly impaled before the Lord, so that the Lord’s wrath may turn away from Israel.’ So Moses said to Israel’s officials, ‘Each of you slay those of his men who attached themselves to Baal-peor” (Numbers 25:1-5).

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God is Like a Ride Sharing App (How God Challenges the Past)

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In his book The God of Old, author James Kugel makes a surprising observation about how the ancient Israelites saw God in their lives. God, it turns out, was something like an obvious, tangible presence. God wasn't an abstract concept that one had … [Continue reading]

Bible stories about 2Pac, mall water fountains, and what happens when we lose the point

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Gather around as we tell the ancient story of 2Pac, toss coins into mall water fountains and try to figure out why we keep doing the same pointless stuff over and over again. (And some Bible just for fun.) Mall Water Fountains Like many of you, … [Continue reading]

Parsha Korach – Bad Advice

The Rebbe once said, "Either you will affect your environment, or your environment will affect you. There is no middle ground."  In this week's parsha of Korach, an charismatic person (Korach) tried to take control of the temple of Israel in … [Continue reading]

Meet Channah Chaya, Our Newest Writer, On Her Two Month “Conversionsary”

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Recently I reached out to a young woman on Facebook who is about to go through the process of the beit den to finish her conversion to Judaism. Although I am a Jew-by-Choice (a term I will be using to describe myself but I do not apply the same … [Continue reading]