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Emor: Saying Without Speaking
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 by Torah Talk with Michael Carasik | Jewish Ideas Daily » Weekly Portions

This time, when Moses speaks to Aaron, he must say it—and say it again. (Click here for source sheet.) Download
If I Forget Thee? If I Forget Thee?
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Allan Arkush | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

As a recent seminar at New York's Mechon Hadar testified, throughout Jewish tradition, everyone—even the anti-Zionists—recognizes that the Land of Israel has more sanctity than any other place.  But what follows from that?
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Where Rashi Meets Freud Gil Student, Torah Musings. The Ramban holds that all temptations are equally dangerous.  But, for Rashi, "Holiness derives from libidal discipline."
Making Money Holy Gil Student, Torah Musings. Moses counted the Israelites by making each one contribute a half-shekel.  Was the money holy because it was used for sacred purposes?  Or simply because it was pure silver?
A Sweet Aroma For the Lord? Gil Student, Torah Musings. Was incense in the mishkan and the Temple intended as a way to respond to God's presence—or as a means to mask the stench of sacrificial slaughter?
The Purpose of Prayer Yakov Danishefsky, Kol Hamevaser. Jews are commanded to worship God.  But do we pray for God's sake, for our own—or both?
More than Just God's Name Gil Student, Torah Musings. When God spoke His name to Moses, was He providing proof of His existence, as Rambam argues, or merely stating the qualities with which He would redeem His people?
There Must Be an Angel Gil Student, Torah Musings. While angels often appear in Biblical narratives, medieval Jewish commentators could not agree about what they are—and what their nature means for the afterlife.
Punishment without Crime Gil Student, Torah Musings. If God prophesies to Abraham that his descendants would be enslaved in a foreign land, why does He ultimately punish the Egyptians?