Finding Personal Meaning in the Torah

February 4, 2018

Reviews by Amos Lassen 

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My personal relation with Judaism is something I rarely feel free to discuss simply because it is personal. When I read the Torah, I always try to look for meanings that will affect me personally and these I am willing to share as I am constantly amazed that something written so long ago still holds relevance today. Daniel Shulman does the same here. He explores the Torah searching for meanings that speak directly to him. We all want to believe that the holy writings are open and accessible to all of us and that we each have the right to approach it.

One does not need to be specifically trained to study Torah. It is always there and can be read by anyone at anytime. Torah scholars are constantly looking for something new and this is not the same as looking for relevance. “The hope is that any Jew may be inspired to likewise seek his or her own voice in interpreting Torah.” Read the rest of this entry »

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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

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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 »


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 »


Am I My Body’s Keeper?

January 4, 2018

Rabbi Ari Enkin • Torah Book Reviews 

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There is nothing worse for our bodies than…food. Yes, between the additives and preservatives, combined with the inexcusably large portions which we eat –that our bodies do not need or want– we are literally destroying our health one meal at a time.

Add to this equation the fact that we are Orthodox Jews, making the situation even more alarming. We can’t get away from food. Whether it’s pat shacharit, three meals on Shabbos, Melaveh Malka, a vort, a bris, a wedding, a l’chaim, a Kiddush, a Friday “to’amei’ah” session, or a yartzeit tikkun, we are seemingly trapped into eating. And here’s my favorite: “I’m not sure if I had a kezayis, so please pass me some more [fill in a carbohydrate and fat saturated food] so that I can be sure I can say a bracha achronal…” And I didn’t even comment on the near total disinterest and disregard for exercise in the Orthodox community. (“…because it’s bittul Torah”)

As one who has lost about 50 pounds over the last number of years, I was extremely excited to get my hands on “Am I My Body’s Keeper?” Read the rest of this entry »