I am far from being objective about anything that has to do with the celebration of the 15th day of the month of Av. Thirty six years ago my wife, Ahuva, and I got married. An orthodox rabbi officiated in our wedding, he was the military rabbi at the base where I serve...

This Shabbat we begin reading the last book of the Torah, Deuteronomy, where in its first portion Moses details the wanderings of the Israelites in the desert for four long decades. Insertions into the geographic information discuss principles of law, order and structu...

Moses is furious when the representatives of the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad approach him and suggest, “If we have found favor in your sight, let this land be given to your servants as a possession; do not take us across the Jordan.” He responds angrily, in surp...

The “Phinehas” portion of the Torah is interesting because seemingly it contains many disjoint topics. There is a reference to the zeal of Phinehas who kills two to stop a plague that has killed twenty four thousand. This zeal of Phinehas is so shocking that God, in re...

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