“Sanverim” (samech-nun-vav-resh-yod-mem) appears only three times in Tanach: at Genesis 19:11 and II Kings 6:18 (twice). The first is when the men who pressed Lot were smitten with “sanverim.” The second is at II Kings 6:18, concerning the men who were with Elisha. What is the meaning of this unusual word?
The special haftarah read this week, Shemini parshat Parah, is a selection taken from sefer Yechezkel where the navi delivers his words of prophecy to the exiled nation living in Bavel. These prophecies deal with the events that were—or would be—taking place during his time, including the punishments that would befall the
Conventional interpretations of Nadav and Avihu’s fate in this week’s parsha suggest that individual religious expression is disapproved of by God. The standard read of this story suggests that the lesson to be learned is that when individuals explore in religious settings in any way outside of the strict laws set out by God,
As mentioned last time, the Seneor family were from the upper class of Castilian society at the time of the expulsion. Slight correction: I erroneously wrote that Shlomo Seneor was a brother of the famed Abraham Seneor, but he was more than likely a nephew
One of our grandsons wrote to us yesterday and asked us if we were going to write our weekly article for The Jewish Link on the ground, reporting from the Gaza border while watching the rockets being directed at Israeli cities as far away as 50 miles. Sorry, Hillel.
Instead, we have been
March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day. This year, it was also the 14 of Adar, Purim. In the tradition of taking lessons from our ancient holidays to enlighten our daily lives, I have been thinking about the story of Esther and how it relates to Down syndrome.
The first parallel is fairly
Haroset occupies prime real estate on the Passover Seder plate, but what is it actually doing there? We say a blessing over the
In May 1958, President Oscar Fasman of Hebrew Theological
Passaic is a special community, such that three of my friends have come out with their own versions of the Pesach Haggadah this year. So with a little help from my friends and their Haggadahs, I’ll be having a more interesting Pesach in 2019.
If there was an award for most
The Steinsaltz Center has announced the publication of “The Steinsaltz
On Rosh Chodesh Adar, my dear friend Rabbanit Dr. Adena Berkowitz sent me her
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