Rejuvenation: The Rebel Rabbi with a Religious Cause

January 31, 2018

Eve Harrow • The Land of Israel

“Nathan Lopes Cardozo is on a life mission to liberate Jewish Law from its artificial Diaspora codification. An organic, even prophetic Halacha, revived as Am Yisrael has returned to our homeland, provides new challenges and opportunities. The rabbinical establishment perpetuates a stagnant and hollow Judaism that isn’t relevant for many today. Do we experience God in our lives? Is doubt is better than certainty? Where’s the awareness of amazement?

Rabbi Cardozo’s new book “Jewish Law as Rebellion: A Plea for Religious Authenticity and Halachic Courage” will bring tears to your eyes, ideas to your mind, hope to your heart and a song to your soul. But…this brilliant and introspective warrior for Judaism and humanity needs us to put his groundbreaking proposals to work. Eve is rejuvenated and uber inspired.

Listen and then read his Book. Internalize it. Start to Fight.”

To listen to Eve’s show – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mib3UryJ2gI

To order Jewish Law As Rebellion visit Urim Publications

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52 Portions of Torah and Food

January 29, 2018

Melissa Amster • The Jewish Food Experience

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What kind of connection does food have to the Torah, aside from the laws of kashrut? Diana Lipton explored this concept in the book From Forbidden Fruit to Milk and Honey: A Commentary on Food in the Torahwhere she worked with a team of 52 internationally acclaimed scholars to write essays on each parasha (Torah portion) and how food Read the rest of this entry »


From Forbidden Fruit to Milk and Honey

January 22, 2018

Rabbi Ari Enkin • Torah Book Reviews

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Hearing about this release certainly “whet my appetite” to get my hands on it. A parsha book that focuses exclusively on food in the Torah was a cool idea, I thought. Although many might mistakenly believe that the Jewish love affair with food originated at the turn of the 20th century in the Delicatessens of the Lower East Side, this book shows that the Jewish love affair with food extends back to the Bible, and by extension, the first days of Creation.

The book includes one chapter for every parsha. Each chapter begins with a general 2-4-page essay on the theme of food in the parsha that is submitted by a different author each time. Following the Read the rest of this entry »


God’s Command: Exercise

January 21, 2018

Dr. Israel Drazin • The Blogs: The Times of Israel

Michael Kaufman’s “Am I My Body’s Keeper?” is an important lifesaving book. He states that the Bible tells people to exercise and do other acts to assure their health. God did not create humans to sit and deteriorate.

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The book is easy to read. It focuses on the Jewish view toward taking care of our bodies, but the information and ideas in the book are valuable for people of all religions. Kaufman quotes the sage Chafetz Chaim (1839-1933) who wrote “The entire Torah is dependent upon Read the rest of this entry »


A Concise Code of Jewish Law for Converts

January 16, 2018

Daniel Keren • The Jewish Connection

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In my last column, I discussed a book (“180 Degrees” by Abraham Leib Berenstein) that foucsed on the profiles of 25 Baalei Teshuvah, Jews from secular or assimilated backgrounds who were inspired to make a major life change and embrace a lifestyle based on Torah-true values. The subject of this week’s column is a book that deals with Jewish law for those who were born gentiles and against greater odds and often opposition from family and close friends to convert to Judaism.

Rabbi Michael J. Broyde, a professor of law at Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion has published a book that paints an intriguing explanation of how gairim or converts to Judaism are treated by Jewish law.

Rabbi Broyde brings to this sefer his experience of many years as a dayan (religious judge) in the Beth Din of America and as its director; as well as Read the rest of this entry »


An Evening Dedicated to Rav She’ar-Yashuv Cohen ZT’L and Rav Kook ZT’L

January 10, 2018

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Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen: Between War and Peace

By Yechiel Frish and Yedidya HaCohen

Hardcover, 334 pages
Urim Publications, 2017
ISBN: 978-965-524-253-9

Savoring Each Chapter in the Torah

January 10, 2018

Abigail Klein Leichman • JPost 

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Originally created as an online project to support national food bank program Leket Israel, From Forbidden Fruit to Milk and Honey comprises short essays on gustatory themes in each weekly Torah portion.

A scholar or educator contributes the “main course,” if you will, while Diana Lipton – an adjunct lecturer in Bible at Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School – adds thoughtful “side dishes” to round out every chapter’s meal.

Digging into Read the rest of this entry »