Oct 5, 2016
Parshat Vayelekh - The Juxtaposition of Parashot in Vayelekh, written by Rav Nathaniel Helfgot
What can the order and content of the various sections of Parashat Vayelekh teach us about the complementary roles of routine and novelty in our relationship with God?
Sep 28, 2016
Parshat Nitzavim - The Concept of Teshuva in the Torah, written by Rav Alex Israel
How does the Torah convey its message on the nature of repentance through the repeated use of the word teshuva - "return" - in this week's parasha?
Sep 21, 2016
Parshat Ki Tavo - Great Stones and Whole Stones, written by Rav Amnon Bazak
What is the connection between the "great stones" upon which the Torah was inscribed when the people of Israel crossed the Jordan and the "whole stones" used to build an altar at Mount Eval?
Sep 15, 2016
Parshat Ki Tetze - Literal and Exegetical Understandings of the Law of Lashes, written by Rav Amnon Bazak
How and why do Chazal's interpretations of the Torah's text sometimes depart dramatically from its literal meaning, and how can this help us understand Chazal's approach to the law of lashes described in our...
Sep 7, 2016
Parshat Shoftim - Who is Represented by the Egla Arufa?, written by Rav Amnon Bazak
It is clear that the breaking of the heifer's neck in the egla arufa ritual is a highly symbolic act. But what does each of the elements of this seemingly arcane ritual represent?