Sex Saturates Our Torah: Parshah Ki Tetzei

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Sex saturates our Torah. So many of the stories central to our tradition thrive on sexuality, sensuality and straight eroticism. Entirely of her own volition, Sarah gives her handmaid, Hagar, to her husband for purposes of procreation. Lot’s daughters get their father drunk and seduce him. Onan resorts to the withdrawal method to avoid the […]

Long Live the Trees…and the Jewish Pope? (Parshat Shoftim)

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In parsha Shofetim, Moshe continues his lengthy oration to the Israelites. He talks about government, specifically about setting up courts and “setting a king over” themselves. He says that the king should be a Jew, not a foreigner, and that he should not have many wives, nor should he have many horses, nor should he […]

Flashback Friday: Is Jewish Life Getting Better Or Worse? (Parshah Va’etchanan)

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A guy once told me that, at least in his opinion, Jewish life was getting worse from generation to generation. The farther away we moved from Sinai, he believed, the more we forgot about the mitzvot and thus were farther removed from God. He cited the Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist movements as proof of that. […]

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 […]

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 opposition to Aaron.  He persuaded 250 other prominent Israelites to join him.  According to […]