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Rabbi Jeremy Rosen has worked in the rabbinate, Jewish education, and academia for more than forty years, in Europe and the US. He currently lives in America, where he writes, teaches, lectures, and serves as rabbi of a small community in New York.

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December 3, 2021 10:28 am
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Parshat Mikeitz: Was Joseph Fair?

There are two conundrums in this week’s Torah reading. The great Spanish commentator Abarbanel asks why Joseph treated his brothers so cruelly when they appeared...

November 26, 2021 11:47 am
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Why Celebrate Hanukkah?

For some, Hanukkah is just a Jewish answer to Christmas. But why do we make such a fuss of it? Isn’t it just glorifying militarism? Two...

November 19, 2021 11:52 am
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Parshat Vayishlach: The Danger of Bad Company

Jacob had fled the corrosive atmosphere in Laban’s house. But secretly, his beloved Rachel took with her the teraphim — the statues of gods that...

November 12, 2021 12:07 pm
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Parashat Vayetzei: What Are Angels?

In the Torah, angels figure prominently in Jacob’s life. As he runs away from Esau, he sleeps and dreams. He sees angels climb up and...

November 5, 2021 12:21 pm
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Is There Such a Thing as the Perfect Marriage?

The marriage of Isaac and Rebecca appears on the surface to have been a perfect one. Theirs was the only relationship among the patriarchs where...

October 29, 2021 12:14 pm
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Shabbat Chayei Sarah: Say What You Mean

This week’s Torah reading has a subtle undercurrent of a theme: Never take what people say at face value! When Sarah died, Abraham wanted to buy...

October 22, 2021 11:48 am
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Shabbat Vayera: Not Lot

Lot does not seem to be a very nice person. His uncle (and brother-in-law) Abraham takes him under his wing, after Lot’s father dies, and...

October 15, 2021 10:01 am
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Parshat Lech Lecha: No One Is Perfect

Abraham is the first, full character study in the Torah. The “ten generations” between Adam and Noah, and then again between Noah and Abraham, are...

October 8, 2021 10:45 am
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Shabbat Noah: The Curse of Canaan

After the great flood, Noah emerged from the ark with his family. He offered a thanksgiving sacrifice to God. And then the first thing he...

October 1, 2021 10:44 am
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Shabbat Bereishit: Disobedience

After the first chapter of Genesis describes the creation of the physical universe, the rest of the book goes on to deal with the often-ambivalent...

September 23, 2021 12:18 pm
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Sukkot: A Different Kind of Festival

The ancient festival of Sukkot has numerous elements to it. First is the Sukkah. We value our homes and the security of our little palaces,...

September 15, 2021 11:53 am
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A Day Like No Other

The Torah says of Yom Kippur, “For this day will atone for you, to cleanse you of your sins and you will be purified before...

September 10, 2021 11:29 am
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Shabbat Shuvah: Why God Hides

The Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is always called the Shabbat Shuvah, or the Shabbat of Return. In the Torah reading this week, Moses...

September 3, 2021 12:17 pm
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Rosh Hashanah and the Shmitah

Our New Year starts on the evening of September 6 (year 5782 in the Jewish calendar), and ushers in the new Sabbatical year. In Hebrew...

Culture

Apple Music Reveals Israel’s Top Hits of 2021

i24 News – Apple Music on Wednesday released its annual Top 100 chart, revealing the most played songs of 2021...

British Rapper Wiley Again Suspended From Twitter, Instagram After Antisemitic Tirade

Twitter and Instagram have once again suspended the accounts of British rapper Wiley...

World

Boise, Idaho Anne Frank Memorial Again Targeted With Antisemitic Vandalism

Police in Boise, Idaho are investigating after a memorial dedicated to Anne Frank — the Dutch Jewish girl who kept a diary while hiding from the Nazis during World War...

Israel

‘We Need to Normalize Having Women in Tech Management Positions,̵...

CTech – Should the percentage of women employees in tech be artificially inflated, or should the hiring process only be...

Middle East

As Vienna Talks Stall, Israel Calls for New ‘Tools’ Against Ira...

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett called for the United States to use a "different toolkit" against Iran's developing nuclear program,...

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