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THE BODY POLITIC - Parshat Re'eh

Posted by David Kasher on 17 August 2017 | Comments

What do parents want most for their children?

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THERE WAS A CROOKED MAN... - Parshat Eikev

Posted by David Kasher on 10 August 2017 | Comments

We begin with a word. 

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A MATTER OF INTERPRETATION - Parshat Va'etchanan

Posted by David Kasher on 3 August 2017 | Comments

Midrash, the rabbinic method of interpreting the verses of the Torah, always begins with a problem in the text. Something about the way the verse is written is strange or confusing, has missing or extra words or letters, or is inconsistent with some other verse. Such verses, as the rabbis described them, are virtually calling out to us, “Darsheini - Interpret me!” Midrash, then, is first and foremost an exercise in problem-solving.

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THE ORIGINAL CHABAD - Parshat Devarim

Posted by David Kasher on 27 July 2017 | Comments

This week, we take a journey into the realm of Jewish epistemology. That ten-dollar word, epistemology, refers to theories of knowledge - attempts to answer the fundamental questions of how we know things and what can be known at all.

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FROTHING WITH RAGE - Parshat Matot-Masei

Posted by David Kasher on 20 July 2017 | Comments

Moses has an anger problem. 

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THE VIEW FROM THE TOP - Parshat Balak

Posted by David Kasher on 6 July 2017 | Comments

This is the basic narrative structure for Parshat Balak:

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THE GENESIS OF JEWISH CULTURE - Parshat Chukat

Posted by David Kasher on 29 June 2017 | Comments

What causes a renaissance? Why do certain periods in history seem to be erupting with cultural productivity, while others are relatively quiet? Where does a golden age begin?

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GUARDIAN ANGELS - Parshat Korach

Posted by David Kasher on 23 June 2017 | Comments

This week, the Angel of Death showed up twice.

Both appearances were in Rashi’s commentary, in two distinct, but related moments in the narrative that follows Korach’s rebellion. At this point, Korach and his crew have already challenged Moses and Aaron’s authority and been swallowed by the earth, as a both a punishment and a proof of the legitimacy of Moses’ connection to God. But the people are unconvinced, and declare in outrage:

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DAY OF THE DEAD - Parshat Shelach

Posted by David Kasher on 15 June 2017 | Comments

There were so many. How did they all die?

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