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Oct 14, 2021, 11:50 PM
Avraham as the answer, but to what?
Many of us see Avraham as the answer to Noah and his failure. However, there is a crucial development in humanity between Noach and Avraham, the Tower of Bavel. Classically, there have been four major approaches to understanding the Tower...
Sep 14, 2021, 10:18 PM
Of Profanity and Prayer: Making Space for חול
It’s the season of holiness, we have donned our white vestments, proclaimed God’s Kingship, and are preparing to cease our mundane eating and drinking, to spend a sacred day as angels with our Creator. We aim to enter the...
Nov 5, 2020, 1:56 PM
Avraham: Guilt and Faith in the Fiery Furnace
Abraham in the fiery furnace – it’s a story we all know, though it does not appear anywhere in the Bible. Abraham, or more technically Avram, is thrown into a furnace by King Nimrod after smashing his father’s idols...
Jun 17, 2020, 8:10 PM
Re-Collecting the Parsha: The אספסוף and the Challenge of Uniting to March
Reading last week’s parsha, Baha'alotecha, this past Shabbat, a particular Hebrew root struck me over and over again, running through the final three alit – א.ס.פ, to add, collect, continue, and gather. While not the rarest root, more than...
Mar 17, 2020, 6:45 PM
Kedusha D’Sidra: Distilling Divinity in the Quarantine Bubble
The days are starting to blend together. Waking up, checking the news and speculation, research and theories, searching for new ways to cope, all while trying to balance work and family responsibilities and the ever present, rarely heeded calls...
Mar 12, 2020, 8:17 PM
A Rav for the Time of Corona: Yehoshua ben Levi Joins us in Quarantine
As the news of its might spread, the nations trembled before it, their citizens fallen into the grip of panic, their leaders thrown into mayhem, or worse, stony silence. But not because they heard of God’s splitting the Sea...
Yosef Razin is a Ph.D. candidate in Human-Robot Trust at the Georgia Institute of Technology, with an avid interest in Jewish history and a love for Jewish Studies.