SICHOT AL AHAVA V’PACHAD (‘Conversations on Love and Fear’) by Sharon Shalom. (Yediot Acharonot, 2018) Imagine a book, written by a wise, insightful and emotionally intelligent Jewish philosopher with a flair for poetic language, that explores the richness and complexity of Jewish identity, heritage and observance in the modern state of Israel. Imagine that instead of avoiding … More SICHOT AL AHAVA V’PACHAD
FAITH AND FREEDOM PASSOVER HAGGADAH with commentary from the writings of Rabbi Eliezer Berkovits, compiled and edited by Reuven Mohl. (Urim Publications, 2019) A few weeks ago I received a copy of ‘Faith and Freedom’, which is a Haggadah with a commentary collated by Reuven Mohl from the various writings of Rabbi Eliezer Berkovits and … More FAITH AND FREEDOM HAGGADAH
‘A Theology of Holiness’ by Alec Goldstein, Kodesh Press 2018 The Jewish people are called upon to be a holy people and to perform holy acts, including specific rituals on holy days, while remaining cognizant that the ultimate setting to serve God and realise their mission as a holy nation is in the holy land. … More A Theology of Holiness
And Beit Hillel Says (U’Beit Hillel Omrim): Halakhic Rulings of the Rabbis and Rabbaniot of Beit Hillel (Yedioth Ahronoth/Chemed Books, 2018) Introduction December 2018 saw the launch of U’Beit Hillel Omrim (literally ‘And Beit Hillel Says’), which is a collection of halakhic rulings generated by members of the Beit Hillel organisation. Beit Hillel is an organisation … More Review Essay: And Beit Hillel Says (U’Beit Hillel Omrim)
A shul is meant to be a place where we are in communion with God and where we nurture our awareness of standing in the presence of God. Given this, R’ Binyamin Ze’ev Marta (1475-1545), basing himself on Sefer Aguda and the Kol Bo, states that a person should not kiss their children in a … More Kissing children, and adults, in a shul
MINCHAT ASHER: KLALEI HAMITZVOT by Rabbi Asher Weiss Machon Minchat Asher, Ellul 5778 The study of the Talmud is a magnetizing process that draws a learner into debates of the past while urging them to consider how the laws and values emerging from those debates can be applied in the present and the future. This … More MINCHAT ASHER: KLALEI HAMITZVOT
WAS YOSEF ON THE SPECTRUM? Understanding Joseph through Torah, Midrash and Classical Jewish Sources by Samuel J. Levine (Urim 2019). In general, I am not drawn to Torah commentaries that seek to frame biblical personalities in the language of today, at the cost of understanding their words and actions as expressed by the language of … More WAS YOSEF ON THE SPECTRUM?