Parshah Vayigash: Our Stories, Ourselves

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“I love you.” The words tumbled across 3,000 miles, slurred, slow and plaintive. My cell phone suddenly a life preserver, they tore through my consciousness like a rip tide. Those words were my mother’s first for me in the chaotic aftermath of her … [Continue reading]

Parshah Miketz: The Identity Politics of Christmas


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 … [Continue reading]

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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 … [Continue reading]

Everything You Need For Hanukkah


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 … [Continue reading]

Parshah Vayeshev: Brotherhood


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 … [Continue reading]