Parshat Vayeishev: The Courage of Joseph by Russell McAlmond


The parsha of Vayeishev has one of the most well-known stories in the Torah. Most Jews, and many Christians, are very familiar with the story of Joseph’s coat of many colors given to him by his loving father Jacob. We are told that Jacob favored Joseph over his other sons because he was a son […]

Spiritual Parenting


I became a mother in September of 2012. Although maybe it was August. You see, one month before my daughter was born, my teenaged cousin came to live with my partner and me. He was about to turn 16 – the same age I had been when he was born – and we were thrilled […]

No Blood No bones: why for me, vegetarianism is the best way to keep kosher


  I am writing this a week after accidently consuming a vegetarian stir-fry that mistakenly had oyster sauce in it. As a result of this I became ill over the next few days as my body tried to rid itself of the foreign body it had encountered, the less said about that the better. Let […]

The Parshah Pinchas Feminist Dvar Torah Roundup Spectacular


No way around it, Parshah Pinchas is about the power of women to stand together in solidarity: and how God is completely cool with that. So in honor of that spirit, we bring you a boat load of dvrei Torah on the awesomeness of community and bucking tradition…for the sake of tradition! A Spear, A […]

What Girl Talk’s Mashups and the Bible Have In Common (Parshah Balak)


In case you’re not the clubbing type, Girl Talk is an electro-mashup artist who’s quasi-illegal music takes samples from other people’s music and fuses it together with other samples, creating new and original art. An opening song from a Girl Talk set may include samples as far reaching as Black Sabbath, mixed with a hip […]

Idolatry Is Totally OK (Parshah Chukat)


  Picture it: Limmud Weekend. Two summers ago. I’m at a retreat for Jewish adults and families. It’s like summer camp, for everyone. And at this very moment, I’m having a shouting match with a rabbi. I said, “Don’t you think, rabbi, that all the minhag and all the interpretations and Talmudic stuff detracts away […]