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Unlocking Sefer Vayikra – Confronting Korbanot

March 17, 2010, by

Welcome to a new feature: Questions and answers about the weekly parsha that will open up the text with questions and various approaches. The material is excerpted from Rabbi Shmuel Goldin’s new book Unlocking the Torah Text: An In-Depth Journey into the Weekly Parsha on Vayikra. Confronting Korbanot Context With the opening of the book […]

Approaches to Sefer Vayikra

March 16, 2010, by

Look here for a brand new feature from OU Press on the weekly Torah portion. Rabbi Shmuel Goldin’s new book Unlocking the Torah Text: An In-Depth Journey Into The Weekly Parsha contains essays with three main sections — summaries, questions and approaches. Look for the summaries and questions in your favorite parsha handouts and think […]

Celebrate the Publication of The Royal Table

March 3, 2010, by

Celebrate the publication of Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm’s new Haggadah, The Royal Table. Special presentations by Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb and Rabbi Meir Soloveichik on the history and relevance of Haggadah commentaries. An assortment of Haggadot will be available for purchase. Book signing with Rabbi Norman Lamm to follow. The Jewish Center (131 W. […]

The Koren Mesorat HaRav Siddur

March 1, 2010, by

COMING IN FALL 2010: The Koren Mesorat HaRav Siddur with commentary by the seminal scholar and rabbinic leader, “The Rav,” Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik This siddur follows the commentary style made popular in the Machzor Mesorat HaRav for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, presenting the Rav’s exceptional insights on tefilla as adapted from his writings, […]

The Royal Table: A Passover Haggadah

February 24, 2010, by

The Royal Table A Passover Haggadah by Rabbi Norman Lamm edited by Joel B. Wolowelsky Hardcover, 200 pages, Regularly $24.95 / Now $21.21 (15% discount), ISBN 9781602801394 Buy the book here: link Celebrate the publication of this book at The Jewish Center on Wednesday, March 10 at 8pm: more information The Passover Haggadah is perhaps […]

The Puzzling Story of the Megillah

February 17, 2010, by

The story of Esther tells us in the most lively, realistic fashion, with a tinge of refined yet biting sarcasm, about paradoxical, absurd events, which are both tragic and comical at the same time. We are told a story of a king who, as our Rabbis have already remarked, killed his beautiful, beloved, young queen […]

Human Initiative and the Divine Hand

February 10, 2010, by

“He shall certainly cure” (Shemot 21:19) — The School of R. Ishmael taught: “He shall certainly cure” From here it is derived that permission was granted to the doctor to heal. (Bava Kama 85a) The Rabbis taught: “King Hizkiyahu initiated six actions, three of which the sages endorsed and three they did not endorse. He […]

The Authentic Word of Torah

February 3, 2010, by

In a well-known passage, the Mekhilta relates that the Holy One offered the Torah to the various nations of antiquity, but that all of them rejected it because of specific objections they raised to certain of its precepts. When He offered the Torah to Israel, and Israel accepted it with alacrity. This is more than […]

A Leap of Faith

January 29, 2010, by

The first days and last days of Passover are related to each other, but are not identical. Each commemorates a different historic event. The first days of Passover celebrate the Exodus from Egypt. The last days, however, recall a somewhat later event: the splitting of the Red Sea, which enabled the Israelites to escape and […]

The Wicked Son

January 21, 2010, by

The wicked son, what does he say? “What is this service to you?!” (Ex. 12, 26, from the Passover Haggadah). There are many people today who openly violate many sacred Jewish institutions yet are “proud to be a Jew.” They may dismiss Jewish observances as medieval anachronisms in the age of the internet, yet they […]