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Four Pieces Of Shavuot Torah

A few pieces of mine on various aspects of Shavuot. Megillat Rut is quiet but revolutionary. This is an essay I wrote that uses various literary techniques to unpack the megilla’s message. For those learning 929 it’s also cool to … Continue reading

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Shavuot #1 – Megillat Rut’s Quiet Revolution

The academic year is over and I can put a little more effort into the website. In the run up to Shavuot this I’ll be sharing most days Shavuot themed pieces of Torah spanning a range of themes and genres. … Continue reading

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Nineveh, The Animals – And My Grandmother. Thoughts For Yom Kippur

My grandmother passed away earlier this year aged 97. She had grown up as the youngest child of the Chief Rabbi of Dusselfdorf, a city in Western Germany, and with the rise of Nazism had fled aged twelve to London. … Continue reading

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Rosh Hashana’s Hidden Theme – Infertility

The major themes of Rosh Hashana? Teshuva? Kingship? Creation of the world? Or infertility. And although I’ve called it a hidden theme, it’s really hiding in broad daylight. It’s not spoken about much at all. After I wrote this post … Continue reading

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Va’era: Religion, Politics, and Deciphering A Lineage List

Is Mosheh’s goal of liberating Israel from Egypt a religious one or a political one? And why is there a huge and highly detailed lineage list dumped in the middle of the exciting narrative? And what do these questions have … Continue reading

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Shemot, Mosheh, And The Strangest Story Of All

There is currently a state of emergency in New York with a snow blizzard keeping everyone in doors. So here are three shiurim on Parshat Shemot to help you all pass the time learning Torah. 1. Introducing Shemot – What’s In … Continue reading

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When Did Shlomo Write What He Wrote? A Thought On Kohelet, Sukkot And Life

On Shabbat Hol HaMoed of Sukkot, tradition holds that we read Megillat Kohelet. I’ve always loved the sense of pedagogic irony that our Sages had when they instructed that the festival which has a greater emphasis on joyfulness than any … Continue reading

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On The Eve Of Yom Kippur…

Very late in the day I upload some offerings for the greatest of days. Reading sheets first, followed by audio shiurim (all of which have source sheets). Reading Sheets (some new, some from previous years) Elie Wiesel’s Prayer The Religiosity … Continue reading

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Biblical Paradigms of Conversion: Avot, Sinai and Rut. A Shiur for Shavuot

Shavuot is the festival of the Jewish people’s conversion. The gemara in Masechet Keritut (9a) derives from the Torah’s description of Mount Sinai the necessary steps that a potential candidate for conversion needs to take. Shavuot is also the festival on which … Continue reading

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On The Second Yahrzeit Of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l

Today is the second yahrzeit of my great teacher Rav Aharon Lichtenstein. One of the experiences I am most grateful for is to have spent some of my most formative years sitting in the same Bet Midrash as him listening … Continue reading

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