There is a very interesting law in this week's Torah portion: the law of the nazir. A nazir is a person who dedicates a set amount of time to G?d. This dedication can last as long as a month to ... If we chance upon a moment in life where we feel like ...
This supernal, undifferentiated delight is expressed most eloquently through the ongoing expansion of the Oral Law, vested in general in the Sanhedrin but in particular in every Jew as he or she merits to reveal new insights from the Torah's ...
|It is, rather, a minimal form of restitution, of what today is called “restorative justice.” Hatred and liberty cannot coexist. A free people does not hate its former enemies; if it does, it is not yet ready for freedom. To create a non-persecuting ...|
|The law for the cohen gadol, High Priest, is stricter still. He may not allow himself to become ceremonially unclean even for a close relative, though both he and an ordinary priest may do so for a meit mitzvah, that is, one who has no one else to ...|
|If a parent instructs children that he or she wants to be cremated, Jewish law—which places huge emphasis on respecting parents' wishes—obligates children to ignore the command and provide a traditional Jewish burial for their parents.|
|... where Arabic professor Tzvi Langermann of Bar Ilan University, Imperial College School of Public Health director Elio Riboli, Jewish spirituality lecturer Rabbi Naftali Loewenthal of University College London, and UCL Hebrew research fellow Israel ...|
Just as there are laws of biology that determine what is healthy eating for the body, there are laws of spirituality that determine what is healthy living for the soul. One need not understand either of these types of laws to live in accordance with ...
|At any hour on practically any day besides the Sabbath and Jewish holidays, you can see college students, young professionals, Israeli backpackers in blue jeans, fervently religious women, rabbis, and even a politician or two crouched around tables at ...|
|And why their obsession with spirituality when battling the mightiest legions of the ancients? Actually, the Greeks started it. The paradox, that is. In their efforts to subdue the Jewish state, the Syrian-Greek tyrants made a distinctly spiritual move ...|