Torah commentary

By Rabbi Becky Silverstein I once owned a refrigerator magnet that read, “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the
Like many of us, I found out about the Orlando massacre on Shavuot. It was a terrifying and terrible moment. Once again, our
There should be a name for the particular sense of pride, the utter self-righteousness, that arises when we modern readers
Yesterday Gloria received from the President of the United States the Medal of Freedom. In our celebration on November 3
The libertarian view of economic justice is approximately this: If people freely agree to exchanges, then they are fair by definition. Restricting people's freedom in order to bring about or maintain a certain pattern of wealth distribution is unjust. The Torah disagrees.
Chapter 26 of Leviticus describes the magnificent rewards that await us if we study and observe the Torah (and the terrible punishments if we don't). But why are the rewards mostly physical rather than spiritual?
Violent deaths should never happen. But when we are witnesses to such evil, we must engage even more fully with the work of perfecting the world.
There are some many right wing Christians inveighing against homosexuality that it's sometimes easy as a Jew to feel superior, or at least comforted. My people don't get that crazy. Then a rabbi like Noson Leiter makes a shameful claim.
I am often amazed that a rabbinical debate can cover the globe and last more than 2,000 years. The controversy over Noah's essence as a person is a paradigmatic example of this phenomenon.
People of true wisdom embrace the importance of uncertainty. Is there anything in this life of which we can be absolutely certain?