“Do not go out into the field. Do not walk the road. For the enemy has a sword, and there is terror on every side.” - Jeremiah 6:25
Jacob is headed back home, after all these years, and preparing to face the greatest challenge of his life - a confrontation with Esau, the brother who once wanted him dead.
But there is another man he will have to face first.
Any great lover of the Torah must eventually confront the simple truth that certain parts of this book are just not that interesting.
"He saw Hell open up beneath him."
This has got to be the most Freudian line in the Torah.
Everybody's wondering what Ishmael did to the baby.
"There once was a man who carved grooves in time."
You'll never guess my favorite line in the Torah.
Important announcement in this week's podcast!
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?"