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Impure, Impure!

Apr 5, 2019

Impure, Impure!

This week’s Torah portion, Parashat Tazria, deals with a range of afflictions and illnesses that the Torah labels as tzara’at. While commonly mistranslated as leprosy (the illnesses actually have very little in common with Hansen’s Disease)...
Parshat Shemini: Are These Strawberries Kosher?

Mar 29, 2019

Parshat Shemini: Are These Strawberries Kosher?

A popular kosher deli in Amsterdam went out of business a few weeks ago. One of just a few kosher restaurants in the Netherlands, the Sal Meyer (Sal Meijer in Dutch) first opened its doors in 1957.
Purim: A Response to the Challenges of Exile

Mar 22, 2019

Purim: A Response to the Challenges of Exile

Anti-Semitism from the right and the left. People chanting in the streets. Jews are the objects of partisan power plays by people drunk with power. “They are undermining the culture and control the cogs of power. They are the sources of all forms of oppression in the world. Jews will not replace us!” The Jews felt they finally ‘made it’ here, and now multitudes are calling them a third rail.
Words of Wisdom by Rabbi Efrat Zarren-Zohar

Nov 9, 2017

Words of Wisdom by Rabbi Efrat Zarren-Zohar

The Silence of Dinah and Other Rape Victims: The Bible focuses on Jacob's and his son's reactions, but not on those of the victim herself.