The Jewish View

BY Michelle Levine
April 19, 2013

As Earth Day approaches, we must ask ourselves: Have we been good stewards of the land? Professor Arnold M. Eisen of the Jewish Theological Seminary perceives this parsha as the Biblical-era “way for the community to set itself right with God and one another.” Eisen references medieval commentator Nahmanides: “The deeds of the ancestors are a sign CONTINUE »

BY Jennifer Rudick Zunikoff
April 12, 2013

In this week’s double Parsha,Tazria/Metzora, the Torah teaches about a spiritual malady that manifested itself physically in the form of scaly patches on the skin. This disease,tzara’at, is often mistranslated as leprosy, but they are two separate conditions with two different sets of symptoms.CONTINUE »

BY Rabbi Baruch Rock
April 5, 2013

At first read, it seems difficult to find a convergent theme for parshat Shemini. The parsha begins with the inauguration of the Mishkan, God’s “earthly dwelling place.” The great happiness of this inauguration is clouded by the death of Nadav and Avihu, two of Aaron’s sons, who had brought an “alien offering” (10:2). However, Aaron’s enigmatic silence CONTINUE »

BY Danielle Sarah Storch
April 5, 2013

Everyone loved Shana. In her quiet way, Shana would ask the girls to play jump rope or sardines at recess. She would spend time reading quietly in her room. I was one of her biggest fans — until the day the trouble began. It was the middle days of Passover, and Shana had come over CONTINUE »

BY Noah Aroin
March 29, 2013

In the Torah reading for Shabbat Chol Hamoed, Moshe makes an interesting request.  He asks God: “Hareini na et kivodecha” (Exodus 33:18), which literally translates as “Show me your honor.” Moshe knew God better than anyone.  He spoke to God directly. It was through Moshe that God performed many miracles.  So what did he mean CONTINUE »