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Engaging Head-On With Violent Sacred Texts

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Parshat Matot-Masei, Numbers 30:2-36:13
July 15, 2015

Vengeance and carnage, commanded by God. Slaughter of the enemy: man, woman and child. Virgins as trophies of war. Wholesale taking of life. This week’s Torah portion, Matot-Masei, contains violent passages from which most modern readers will want to disassociate ourselves — believing they do not reflect our Judaism, our values, who we are and aspire to […]

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Leadership and Confrontation: Lessons From Moses and God

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Ki Tisa, Exodus 30:11-34:35
February 11, 2014

It seems every few weeks a new round of headlines cover the latest eruption within the American Jewish community over Israel, the most recent including a panel-turned-spectacle at the 92nd Street Y and communal storms over policies delineating who should and shouldn’t be allowed to speak at Hillels and JCCs. While these moments of heat […]

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