Holiness Is Apparently Not A Gay Buddhist In Blue Jeans (Parshah Kedoshim)

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Many of my friends struggle with this week’s Torah portion because of one line: And a man who lies with a male as one would with a woman both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon themselves (Lev. 20:13). It’s interesting to note that none […]

There’s No Such Thing As Judaism (or, Why Religion Is Just Like A Love Letter): Parshah Acharei

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Two ideas today: Azazel and love letters. Azazel This week’s Torah portion goes into details about the Yom Kippur service, which frankly was a lot bloodier than the hunger-and-white-clothing event we have today. Acharei also talks about the casting of lots onto goats for sacrifice to G-d and to Azazel. You know, Azazel. I’m sure […]

Your PunkTorah Guide To Passover

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  Passover is almost here, and that means house cleaning, grocery shopping, and of course, binge eating chametz! Here at PunkTorah, we have a few resources to make the transition from everyday life to Passover 5774 even easier. Have A Good Laugh Jews love a good joke, and a good story. Mother Morpher has a […]

Parshah Metzorah: Lashon Hara

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This week’s Torah portion, Metzorah, arrives amidst a number of Torah portions that are quite often difficult to reconcile with modern thinking. In last week’s portion we learned about the signs of the metzora, a condition that is the result, the Torah tells us, of a spiritual malady which puts the person in a state […]

Parshah Tazria & Itchy Skin Diseases

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Icky skin diseases consume most of our attention in this week’s Torah portion, but the cause and effect probably aren’t what you think. Our parsha goes into great detail about a handful of different skin afflictions, collectively called “tzaraat,” all subject to inspection by the priests. (The theme is expanded in next week’s parsha to […]