Happy New Year from ParshaNut!
A discussion of the source of the classic Jewish blessing, "May you live until one hundred and twenty!"
This week's podcast is dedicated to all those who, like me, are descended from immigrants.
Who is a Jew?
This question is at the center of one of contemporary Judaism’s most difficult and painful conversations.
Are Jews supposed to have a king?
"You are all children of the Lord your God - so do not make gashes in your flesh..." (Deut. 14:1)
What does the first part of this verse have to do with the second?
This week's parsha is called 'Eikev,' a word taken from the first verse. But what, exactly does that word mean? Well, as usual, it's complicated...
There's a problem with the Ten Commandments...
With great love and respect for the modern Chabad movement - though no particular affiliation, and certainly no intention to speak on their behalf.
Moses has an anger problem.
What can a debate about Hanukkah teach us about Sukkot - and what can they both teach us about religious life?
This week King Balak seeks to curse the Children of Israel, and fails. Then he does it again. And again. Why does he keep trying? A new, holistic read of the parsha may help shed some light on his strange behavior.
There were so many, out there in the desert. How did they all die?
Two new prophets appear in the camp! And they have an important message for us...
The day I fell in love with parshanut.
"What's the big deal with burning a flag?"
The Book of Leviticus seems to end with a whimper, not a bang. But the Ibn Ezra has a secret for us...
Why is a priest with a physical defect disqualified from serving? It seems terribly unfair...
The great Hassidic master, Rabbi Shlomo HaCohen Rabinowicz off Radomsk, offers us a brilliant reinterpretation.
What is the meaning of life?
Which came first: the chicken, or the egg?
Leviticus has some answers.
What is Holiness? We follow a path through the Book of Leviticus to discover a uniquely Jewish answer to the question.
Just in time for Passover, we find some matzah in the parsha.
What did Moses hear when God called out to him?
The secret of the Tabernacle - revealed!
Perhaps the breaking of the tablets was meant to teach "...a profound spiritual lesson: that religion itself can become an object of idolatry."