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Michael S. Diamond
Sep 17, 2018, 7:40 AM
The Golem at the Threshold: Nitzavim
Rav Ram Nissan ben Krishna HaKohen Tzedek Gadol, the last of the line of high priests of the Temple, now in perpetuity since the Redemption, teetered on wobbly legs as he stood facing east on the Temple Mount with...
Allen S. Maller
Aug 12, 2018, 10:52 PM
Song of Songs as a manual of Jewish sacred sexuality
Since August is the most popular month for Jewish marriages I offer the following essay for all lovers. Solomon’s Song of Songs begins with: “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth; for your love is more...
Michael S. Diamond
Jul 31, 2018, 3:26 PM
Now You See Me: Torah portion Vaetchanan
The Sabbath of our consolation, the first of seven. It is fast upon the sunset of the year, the time for the lighting of candles before the crepuscular creatures come out. The week liquid water was discovered on Mars,...
Jul 27, 2018, 3:17 AM
5 cheesy Israeli love songs for Tu B’av
Flowers, chocolates, wine, fancy restaurants… the whole nine yards for the 'Jewish Valentine's Day'
Jul 26, 2018, 8:37 PM
Love is in the Air
Everybody talks about love – it’s in our popular media, our radio and TV stations (think Bachelorette) are awash with romantic stories and songs; magazines love to speculate about the love and lust of movie stars, sports heroes and...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Jul 23, 2018, 3:01 PM
Tu B’Av: Jewish Valentine’s Day?
Now that Tisha B’Av is behind us, stores throughout Israel are selling fancy chocolates, teddy bears and heart shaped gifts that look like they belong to Valentine’s Day. How was Tu B’Av (the 15th of the month of Av)...
Jul 3, 2018, 1:46 AM
What Dating Should NOT Be… If You’re Looking for Something Real.
I’ve learned a lot about dating over the years --and not just from my own. Through coaching single men and women in the dating process, and surviving a fairly lengthy one myself, it’s clear: There are some very good...
Jan 31, 2018, 12:27 PM
Some Meditations for Tu B’Shvat
The Jewish Year has many Holidays, a weekly day of rest – Shabbat and Today – Tu B’Shvat, the 15th day of the Jewish month of Shevat, is a holiday also known as the New Year for Trees. There are...
Dec 24, 2017, 3:06 PM
The essence of Judaism and religion — Orthodox (faith) or Orthoprax (good deeds)
There is an ancient debate in the Talmudic tradition concerning the question as to the essence of Judaism and religion – faith or good deeds. Rashi (the great commentator of the 11th century) cites a debate between two great Talmudic...
Dec 17, 2017, 7:21 PM
The verse ‘I am the Lord your God’
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, in his blog on the Torah reading of the week (Va’etchanan 5777), presents two arguments in the Jewish tradition regarding the opening verse of the “10 statements” (and the Biblical term is “10 statements” and not...