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Category: Sefer Breishit

For Real This Time, What’s the Story With Christmas Gifts?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on December 28, 2017

So what is the story with Christmas gifts and office Christmas parties? Last week we saw that the Talmud draws a number of red lines to ensure that our active involvement in the surrounding society does not lead us into religiously problematic areas.…

The Holiday Season – What’s A Frum Jew to Do?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on December 21, 2017

This time of year, during the “holiday season,” many Jews struggle with how to best negotiate our interaction with the society and culture around us. Can we give Christmas or year-end gifts to our paper carrier? Can we go to our company’s holiday party if it is going to be Christmas-themed?…

There’s No Going Home Again? – Where Do Travelers, Guests, and College Students Light Hanukkah Candles?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on December 14, 2017

Many of us fondly remember precious moments with our families during Hanukkah – lighting candles, singing songs, eating latkes, and playing dreidel. The family-oriented strand of this holiday is actually deeply woven into its mitzvot and halakhic requirements. The obligation rests not on the individual, as is the case with almost all other mitzvot, but on the household as a unit, ner ish u’veito, a candle for the person and his household.…

Less Fire, More Light – Lighting Hanukkah Candles Without Burning Your House Down

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on December 7, 2017

The story of Yosef and his brothers has, on the face of it, nothing to do with Hanukkah. But as it is often read right around Hanukkah time, it is not surprising that attempts have been made to find connections to Hanukkah.…

The Mishkan and the Garden of Eden — Is There Any Way Back?

by Rabbi Jeffrey S. FoxPosted on July 6, 2017

The Ladder Dream: Promises and Missed Opportunities (Hebrew)

by Dr. Yonatan GrossmanPosted on July 6, 2017

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Strangers in the Field — Lessons from the Nameless Characters in Breishit and Ruth

by Rabbi Yonah BermanPosted on July 5, 2017

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Dina, Yosef and the Patriarchal Covenant

by Dr. Devora SteinmetzPosted on July 5, 2017

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Creation and Recreation: From Genesis to Job

by Rabbi Yitzchak EtshalomPosted on July 5, 2017

Covenant, Estrangement, and Return: The Interfacing of The Book of Ruth and the Story of Lot

by Rabbi Avi WeissPosted on July 5, 2017

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Confusion in the Night: Leah, Rachel and the Art of Silence

by Wendy AmsellemPosted on July 5, 2017

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Biblical Prayer: Between Malkizedek and Hannah

by Rabbi David SilberPosted on July 5, 2017