The Abraham Family, a Quietly Violent Family: Commentary on Parashat Vayyera 5784

The Abraham Family, a Quietly Violent Family: Commentary on Parashat Vayyera 5784

By Rabbah Rona Matlow, Professor of Jewish Diversity Studies at Hebrew Seminary

 

NOTE: The following message contains violence, abuse, and other adult content. Reader’s discretion is advised.

 

It has been reported that, during the lockdown stages of the pandemic, domestic violence increased greatly. With families being confined to their homes, tensions were much higher, and […]

By |2023-11-01T18:35:34-05:00November 1, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Who Called First—God or Abram? Commentary on Parashat Lekh Lekha 5784

Who Called First—God or Abram? Commentary on Parashat Lekh Lekha 5784

By Rabbi Dr. Allan Kensky, Professor of Rabbinic Literature at Hebrew Seminary

 

The portion Lekh Lekha opens with an abrupt call from God to Abram, “Lekh Lekha—go forth.” Seemingly out of nowhere God calls on Abram to leave his home and family and set out for a new land. While we were introduced to Abram […]

By |2023-10-24T23:51:52-05:00October 24, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Life On a Storm-Tossed Sea: Commentary on Parashat No’ach 5784

Life On a Storm-Tossed Sea: Commentary on Parashat No’ach 5784

By Rabbah Rona Matlow, Professor of Jewish Diversity Studies at Hebrew Seminary

 

I served in the US Navy for 22 years. During that time, I deployed on two submarines, two nuclear powered cruisers, an anti-submarine frigate, and a destroyer tender (repair ship). I travelled most of the world’s oceans and had the “pleasure” of experiencing quite […]

By |2023-10-12T19:54:47-05:00October 12, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The New Energy When God Started Creating: Commentary on Parashat Bereshit 5784

The New Energy When God Started Creating: Commentary on Parashat Bereshit 5784

By Rabbah Rona Matlow, Professor of Jewish Diversity Studies at Hebrew Seminary

 

 

In the beginning of the Torah, a small dense mass of words await a universe of expounding. For decades, English-speaking Jews would read Genesis 1:1–2 from Joseph H. Hertz’s 1937 The Pentateuch and […]

By |2023-10-05T13:13:05-05:00October 5, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Could Nature Defend Miriam? Commentary on Parashat Beha’alotekha 5783

Could Nature Defend Miriam? Commentary on Parashat Beha’alotekha 5783

By Rabbi Jonah Rank, President and Rosh Yeshivah of Hebrew Seminary

 

After publishing his 1981 bestselling book When Bad Things Happen To Good People, Rabbi Dr. Harold Kushner, of blessed memory, privately counseled grieving parents who, like he, had suffered the loss of a beloved child. Rabbi Kushner believed in a God whose interventions in the world […]

By |2023-06-09T17:38:23-05:00June 9, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

All the Letters in the Book of Numbers: Commentary on Parashat Bemidbar 5783

All the Letters in the Book of Numbers: Commentary on Parashat Bemidbar 5783

By Rabbi Jonah Rank, President and Rosh Yeshivah of Hebrew Seminary

 

On the slow news morning of Tuesday, February 10, 1885—when the same front page also reported (as an entire story), “Wheat eighteen inches high is to be seen in California”—the Boston Journal shared a new fad in American education:

 

A favorite […]

By |2023-05-19T13:50:34-05:00May 19, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Proclaim D’ror: Commentary on Parashiyyot Behar-Bechukkotai 5783

Proclaim D’ror: Commentary on Parashiyyot Behar-Bechukkotai 5783

By Rabbi Dr. Laurence Edwards, Professor Emeritus of Bible, Jewish Thought, and Jewish History; Hebrew Seminary

 

I was eight years old when Cecil B. DeMille’s film The Ten Commandments was made. Though my father was not interested in seeing the film (“I read the book,” he said), I loved it. I was moved by Elmer Bernstein’s score, and by […]

By |2023-05-12T11:46:19-05:00May 12, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Bread People From Egypt: Commentary on Parashat Emor 5783

The Bread People From Egypt: Commentary on Parashat Emor 5783

By Rabbi Jonah Rank, President & Rosh Yeshivah of Hebrew Seminary

 

I love to turn off my phone just as Shabbat approaches, and letting my computer enter “sleep mode” on the day of rest gives me calm. As I distance myself from those electric blue lights every Friday night, the natural reddish-yellowish light of the candles […]

By |2023-05-05T12:52:53-05:00May 5, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Scapegoats and Scapecoins: Commentary on Parashiyyot Acharey Mot-Kedoshim

Scapegoats and Scapecoins: Commentary on Parashiyyot Acharey Mot-Kedoshim

By Rabbi Jonah Rank, President and Rosh Yeshivah of Hebrew Seminary

 

The Titanic sank because of the Jews, argued an antisemite, riling up a mob at the bar. Fuming with anger, a Jew in the tavern put down a glass to raise a fist in the air and retorted, “Iceberg! Not Goldberg!”

So goes an old joke that must […]

By |2023-04-28T15:17:21-05:00April 28, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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