An essay on topics in the news and personal reflections from a Torah perspective

Connecting With The Haftorah

Sometimes the connection between the week’s Torah and Haftorah readings seems pretty clear cut. Sometimes not.

The Red Heifer Or, How Too Much Self-Knowledge Can Be A Wonderful Thing

Why is it that the Chofetz Chaim, one of the great Torah scholars of the modern era, is better known as a saint than as a scholar?

Where There Is No Vision

Maybe it’s because everything that has or will happen is imbedded in the words of the Torah

The First Billboard

We may be excused for thinking that advertising is a uniquely modern invention.

Numbers In The Wilderness

Aha! I thought. A Jewish literacy moment, perfect for E-geress!

Recipe for A Wonderful Shavuot

And here on earth, we exist by eating and drinking.

The Hidden World

Parsha Bechukosai

The Hopelessness of Philosophy or, What Zeno Knew That Michelle Obama Didn’t

Hope is a misfortune, said the Greek philosophers.

Torah on the Moon

This week---if appearances count---science at last won the remorseless, centuries-old struggle with religion.