Monthly Archives: October 2013

Parshat Chayei Sara – Why A Whole Chapter on Avraham Buying a Burial Plot?

This week, we analyze and discuss Chapter 23 of Bereshit.  Why does the Torah spend a full chapter detailing the negotiations of buying the land?  Why is Abraham discussing the sale with the entire tribe of Heth, and not just … Continue reading

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Parshat Vayera – Why was Ishmael Expelled from the House of Abraham?

We’re starting a new series of classes on the weekly parsha!  This week, we look into the text and some medrashim on the story of the expulsion of Ishmael and Hagar from the house of Abraham.  Why was Ishmael expelled … Continue reading

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Jewish Sources on Gun Rights and Gun Control – Source Sheet

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Jewish Sources on Gun Rights and Gun Control

For obvious reasons, ancient Jewish sources don’t say much about guns; but they do say a lot about the arguments that are used by proponents of gun rights and gun control.   A selection of classic Jewish approaches to these thorny … Continue reading

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