The Jewish View

Parashat Beha’alotecha
BY Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
June 5, 2014

This week’s biblical portion of Beha’alotecha contains an important insight into the necessary qualities and major functions of our rabbis. The week’s reading begins with the kindling of the menorah, the seven candlestick branches made of pure gold, each culminating in a golden flower with three branches emanating from either side of the central tree-like CONTINUE »

Parshat Naso
BY Daniel Goldman
May 29, 2014

At first Parshat Naso seems nothing more than a disassociated combination of random laws. The adulterous sotah must drink before the Beit Din, while the spiritual nazir must refrain from shaving and drinking wine. The laws of the sotah, an accused adulterer, and the laws for a nazir, one who seeks to live an ascetic CONTINUE »

BY Danielle Sarah Storch
May 29, 2014

Baseball season arrived, and we stood on the dirt field at Little League practice. I held my glove between my elbow and ribs while I fixed the brim on my baseball cap. Today, we would be given our positions, and Sunday we would play the Red Sox. “I’m gonna land shortstop, watch and see!” I CONTINUE »

Dvar Torah
BY Ben Glazer
May 22, 2014

In the Torah reading for Parshat Bamidbar, Moshe is instructed by G-d to count the people. As G-d led His people out of Egypt from slavery, He asked for everyone to be counted, even people who were not priests or landowners. Each person was to be counted by name and to be oriented by tribe. CONTINUE »

Parshat Bechukotai
BY Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
May 15, 2014

What is the truest definition of freedom? I believe that an exploration of a difference of interpretation between two Talmudic sages on a phrase in our Torah portion will shed a great deal of light on this fundamental existential question. Commenting on the verse that submits that if the nation walks in God’s ways, He CONTINUE »