All the people answered as one, saying, “All that the Eternal has spoken we will do!” (Exodus 19:8)
What reallyhappened up on Mount Sinai is, for Jews, the whole kazoo. Everything depends on it.
What really happened on Sinai? The Babylonian Talmud ( M’nachot29b) suggests this answer:
I spend a lot of time with preteens, young people about to celebrate their becoming b’nei mitzvah.
Our commentary poses an interesting and important question: Numbers one through nine of the Ten Commandments deal with behaviors concerning Shabbat, honoring parents, theft, murder, adultery, and s
Take yourself back. Stand in that holy place.
This year, I have the pleasure of studying the Book of Exodus together with the lay-led Hebrew Bible study group at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, North Carolina, where I serve as senior rabbi.
If I had been privileged to be in Rabbi Dinner’s discussion group, I would have offered the opinion that the first two commandments (and we should note that our Christian neighbors number the comma
"Sticks and stones," the nursery rhyme says, "may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." The intent of this pithy statement is probably to help children solve disputes with words rather tha
Rabbi Moffic discusses the power of words in creation. Did the biblical author who wrote this account of creation think he was telling a truth?
Parashat B’reishit constitutes an embarrassment of riches for any biblical interpreter.
My chavrutah (study partner and friend), Rabbi Aaron Panken, Ph.D., has proffered a witty and wise reading of the fratricidal Cain and Abel episode.
There are many different ways to understand the majestic account of the Creation described in the beginning of the Torah.
As Dr. Ochs teaches, the process of creation is more than that described in our parashah; it is an ongoing process that God renews every day.
It’s true, I have a thing for trees. I love the way they look and smell, the different heights, the fruits, the nuts, the flowers, the bark, the roots, the leaves; I love it all.
In her commentary on Parashat B’reishit, Rabbi Dunsker perceptively points out how from different fruits and trees we may glean the knowledge for living meaningful and therefore fruitful l