Weekly Torah Portion

Having just celebrated Lag B’omer, I thought we’d take a look at Rabban  Shimon Bar Yochai, the hero of the day, together with the parsha we read this Shabbat (in Israel), Behar.


Previous Torah Portions

This week’s parsha, Emor, closes on a particularly sour note:
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The theme of dreams is, of course, central to the Yosef story to a degree which is unique in the Bible.

Jewish Holidays

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The gap between Israel and Diaspora Jewry seems to be growing daily. Bibi blames the African migrant problem on the New Israel Fund.

Jewish Life Cycle

One of the most important mitzvoth in the Torah is called the מת מצוה (met mitzvah) – a deceased person whom it is a commandment to bury.

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