Parshah Miketz: The Identity Politics of Christmas

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I adore Christmas. The sparkling lights and trees bedecked with glitter and glass bring magical warmth to every space they inhabit. Multicolored garlands and ridiculous inflatable Christmas characters electrify lawns across America. Heartfelt songs of goodwill and giddy anticipation dominate the airwaves, and the surplus of rich, sugary treats ensure most around me are happily […]

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Our sister website Darshan Yeshiva is giving an awesome 40% off discount on Torah Study, Intro to Judaism and Darshan Training as a Hanukkah gift to the PunkTorah community. This is on top of the 14 day free trial that you already get just for signing up. Just use discount code GELT2014 today through December […]

Everything You Need For Hanukkah

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It’s almost Hanukkah! Or is it Chanukkah? Anyway, it’s the Festival of Lights, and you’re rummaging all over the internet for cool Hanukkah crafts, Hanukkah recipes and of course the “how do I light a menorah” question. Well, look no more, because it’s all here at PunkTorah. JEWISH LEARNING: First, get in the spirit of […]

Parshah Vayeshev: Brotherhood

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Both as a concept and in practical application, sisterhood has been enthusiastically embraced by progressive Jewish movements. Official Sisterhoods can be found in Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist synagogues. Certain Orthodox shuls and learning centers have instituted their own women’s division. Rarely, however, do we hear of brotherhood. Sisterhood as encompassing the nurturing, emotionally intimate relationships […]

Parshah Vayishlach: The Exhilaration of Vengeance

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Despite its lack of productive application in our world, the concept of vengeance can seem sweet, satisfying and even righteous. When a wrong of great egregiousness has been perpetrated against the innocent, our initial response may be an anger-fueled compulsion towards retaliation. We may entertain thoughts of inflicting harm or even abject violence. We may […]