Parsha Naso – Repairing Ourselves

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There are certain concepts which are important to recognize in Judaism.  One is that we have free will – we decide – we are not forced to do things.  Two, that we are accountable for the choices we make because we have free will to make them.  In this week’s parsha of Naso we are […]

#ThowbackThursday: Converts, Cheesecake, and Other Reasons To Like Shavuot


My Letterman-style Top Ten Reason To Love Shavuot: 10. Cheesecake Brownies. It’s like shooting heroine and cocaine at the same time..only a lot healthier and legal. Dairy and Shavuot go hand-in-hand, and since I seldom eat meat this holiday glorifies everything I love that makes me fat. 9. You get to remember who Ruth is. […]

Milk, Symbol of Sivan


Cross-posted from It’s traditional to eat dairy on Shavuot, which begins the first week of Sivan. Because of this, we’re going to explore dairy for the month of Sivan. Let’s start with the separation of milk and meat in the Torah. What it actually says is “don’t boil a kid in its mother’s milk” […]

Parsha Behar-Bechukotai – Freedom and Slavery


Another good example of why Judaism needs to continue to evolve is this week’s parsha.  Slavery is not condemned, but limited, particularly for Jewish slaves.  As modern Jews we know that slavery should never be allowed, but this is more of a modern moral concept than an ancient one.  No one should be allowed to […]

Parsha Emor – Eye for Eye Justice


In this week’s parsha of Emor in Leviticus 24:19-20 we read that, “A man who inflicts injury upon his fellow man just as he did, so shall be done to him, fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth.”  Most Jewish sages rejected the literal translation of this idea of justice and instead recommended […]