Tag: Torah

What Makes God Laugh

  Balak(Numbers 22:2-25:9) There is an old saying that what makes God laugh is seeing our plans for the future.[1] However, if Tanakh is our guide, what makes God laugh is human delusions of grandeur. From the vantage point of…

Sinai’s Big Bang

An unparalleled boom of spiritual light and energy. by Rabbi Shraga Simmons Imagine living in pre-biblical times, when prevalent values included infanticide, human sacrifice and idol worship. It was a largely chaotic human landscape, devoid of moral anchor, where “might…

Sharing the Gift of Torah

Shavuot reminds me why I’m grateful for having the Torah in my life. by Sara Debbie Gutfreund “No way, I’m not giving them the wrong answers. We should help them.” He looked at me like I had landed from another…

ABC’s of the Omer

The significance, customs and mechanics of counting the Omer. by Rabbi Shraga Simmons ABC’s of the OmerABC’s of the Omer The significance, customs and mechanics of counting the Omer. by Rabbi Shraga Simmons What is the Omer? In the days…

The 10 Commandments today

Why we need them now more than ever. by Rabbi Benjamin Blech If God would have wanted to tweet the 10 Commandments on Twitter, He would’ve been restricted to 140 characters. As it is, He used 620 letters to write…

Sharing the gift of Torah

Shavuot reminds me why I’m grateful for having the Torah in my life. by Sara Debbie Gutfreund “Just give them the wrong answers,” my lab partner whispered to me in the middle of a long, tedious experiment. It was my…