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May 26, 2019, 10:21 AM
Want To Save Democracy? Begin By Studying Talmud!
I’m not being facetious. Ten second mini-lesson: Talmud (“that which is learned”) is the vast literary and interpretive record of seven hundred years’ worth of intense discussions by rabbis about the meaning and interpretation of the Torah, the five books...
Apr 7, 2019, 7:56 AM
Parshat Metzora: Ritual as Life-and-Death Theater
As if Parshat Tazria's details were not strange enough, Parshat Metzora opens with an even stranger continuation of the journey of the individual afflcited with tzaraat ("skin affliction"): The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: This shall be the ritual for...
Nov 18, 2018, 6:00 AM
Z. describes himself as an ish hamidbarot, what we would call in English, colloquially, a desert rat. Now sixty-one, the veteran Eilat-based guide has, since the beginning of his army service at age eighteen, trekked repeatedly across the Negev...
Nov 2, 2018, 10:49 PM
The Parable Of The Blues In Green City
Green City came by its name with literal honesty. In Green City, no matter who you were, how much you made, or where you came from, you dressed in green, your skin looked green, you ate only green foods,...
Mar 18, 2018, 3:03 PM
We Are Not Your Sacrificial Lambs
The anomalous words in the Torah -- the words that make no immediate sense, that are out of place, awkward, redundant -- are the words that teach us the most important lessons: they are the hidden Torah wisdom within,...
Jul 10, 2017, 6:40 PM
Yeah, I’ve been blacklisted!
He's on the Rabbinate's list of unacceptable rabbis. The reason? It's probably about the cheese
Jul 3, 2017, 12:32 AM
What Moses Forgot
Learn To Live Your Life (Part 1) Learn to live your life with all your heart And all your soul and all your mind And love all humankind as you would love yourself (Part 2) Learn to live your life with all your heart And all...
Apr 6, 2017, 12:55 AM
Pesach, patient and impatient
Nisan, the Hebrew month which coincides with spring’s beginning, comes wobbling into my hemisphere like an old buggy with loose wheels. The mid-March wind is still blowing around here. The tilted earth is creaking into just the right angles...
Mar 22, 2017, 10:48 PM
Violent Redemption: Thoughts For Shabbat Ha-Hodesh
In January 1994, at the start of my day-long interview for the rabbinic position at my synagogue, I was asked to make a few remarks on that week's upcoming Torah portion, Bo, the third parsha in Exodus. I focused...
Mar 12, 2017, 7:18 AM
The old city of Tzfat in the northeastern Galilee hills of Israel was long ago distinguished as a center of Jewish mystical fervor and messianic yearning. Here, Rabbi Isaac Luria, a 16th century Egyptian spice trader, sought union with God....
Dan Ornstein is rabbi at Congregation Ohav Shalom and a writer living in Albany, NY. He is the author of the forthcoming book, Cain v. Abel: A Jewish Courtroom Drama, which will be published by the Jewish Publication Society in 2019.