Ruminations about assimilation come naturally to Jews in North America at the winter holiday season. How much should a parent insist that Hanukkah is part of public school celebrations that give students a heavy dose of Christmas?
When we hear the term "twins," we often think of two things that are alike -- twin beds, twin turbo engines, etc. However, as the father of twins (who happen to turn ten-years-old today), I can attest to the fact that twins are most certainly quite different from one another.
There are many Christians, especially fundamentalists, who remain convinced that the Book of Genesis establishes life-long monogamous marriage between one man and one woman as the sole biblically-approved form of marital union. This is a viewpoint shared by popular writers and even some academics.
In Jewish tradition, the Jabbok symbolizes the enigmatic boundary between life and death. The far bank of the river, the locus of Jacob's struggle, is a liminal frontier shrouded in mystery and fear. But it is also a realm of transition and transformation.
Partners in Torah brings you Harry's Video Blog and the always entertaining Harry Rothenberg. In this week's Torah portion, Parshat Terumah, the Jewish people are commanded to build the Tabernacle and the Ark while still in the desert. Trees don't grow in the desert.