Poet Esther Cameron muses on the internet: Soul’s bulb, abandoned, shrinks; what thing gets growth?
Archives for December 2017
“And Yaakov lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years; and the days of Yaakov — the years of his life — were one hundred and forty-seven years.” — Bereishis 47:28 The Ba’al HaTurim explains that the gematria (numerical value) of the word vayechi (lived) is seventeen. The Torah is telling us that Vayechi — Read more
What happens when you spend your life ‘walking the line’?
We recently published an article by Miriam Mandel which called on parents to stop viewing people with a different view on vaccinations as ‘the enemy’. In the interest of fair coverage, the editors have decided to republish an article written by R. Dr. Yitzchak Breitowitz in 2013, which defends the practice of vaccination. Although R. Breitowitz’s article Read more
Q. Can you tell us in a sentence about your book? And tell us why someone should choose to read it over the other gazillion books out there? A. It’s a deep, yet light and lively, sci-fi spiritual allegory based on the inner-Torah view of reality. I don’t think too many of the other ‘gazillion-minus-one’ Read more
IT’S LIGHT: The perseverance. In state of confusion. Uncertainty and in doubt.
“And they related to him all the words of Yosef that he had spoken to them, and he saw the wagons that Yosef had sent to transport him, then the spirit of their father Yaakov was revived.” — Bereishis 45: 27 For twenty-two years, Yaakov Avinu was in a state of mourning. His beloved son, Read more
This week’s Torah reading marks the transition from family to nation—from a tribe of wandering Arameans to the fulfillment of an ambiguous prophecy made to the tribe’s founder.
Comforting Lights – Chanukah 5778 The Midrash Rabbah in Eicha (2:13) tells us: חכמה בגוים תאמין תורה בגוים אל תאמין Wisdom among the non-Jews, believe. Torah among the non-Jews, do not believe. This became very clear to me while listening to a certain politically Conservative podcast. The program host, a Christian who considered himself well-versed Read more
A Coney Island Chanukah: The Surprise on the Clothesline Not many children can boast of having an amusement park in their backyard, but I lived on West 3rd street in Coney Island where Deno’s Ferris Wheel, the Cyclone Roller Coaster and the Parachute Jump anchored an alternative carnival of a universe for a child growing up Read more