Tag: torah

Quoting Walt Whitman is against the Torah

Having so many “friends” on facebook can always make status updates and wall postings interesting. I’m friends with loads of lefties, righties, anarchists, atheists, talmudists, feminists, communists, frummies, baal teshuvas, off the derech peeps and everything in between. Jews are…

Simchas Torah 2011

“Moshe emes v’soraso emes” — “Moses is truthful and his Torah is truthful” Many people will be singing these words over and over (and over and over) this Thursday evening, which is why it’s of great concern when an apparently…

Dvar Torah Ki Savo: 22/8

The ratio of the circumference of a circle to its radius can be approximated in the form of a fraction as 22/7, although it is more commonly expressed in decimal form. According to the talmud, 22/8 is the fraction that…

Dvar Torah Shoftim: (Mis)Direction

We find in this week’s parsha one of the most  poorly understood verses in the entire Torah.  In fact, it’s so misunderstood that it makes heretics smile with satisfaction and the people who watch the heretics smile wonder why they…

Dvar Torah Naso: Hearing Voices

This week’s parsha concludes with a statement about Moses’ communicatory habits with God — apparently, after the construction (or at least the dedication) of the Tabernacle, the vast majority of communication would occur only at the Tabernacle.

Passover 2011

More important than knowing where someone is, is to know from where they come; this allows one to better gauge the person’s current position as a function of where he or she began and where he or she intends to…

Dvar Torah Shmini: Slifkin

To put it bluntly, one might have described me as a big nerd when I was an adolescent, and not just because I thought it was cool to have green-tinted eyeglasses (yes, I repeat — green-tinted eyeglasses).  I can say…

Purim II

The Megillah tells of the ultimate peril facing the Jewish nation under the directives put in place by Haman (Esther 3:8-11).  Mordechai strongly urges Esther to beseech the king (4:8) in an attempt to save the Jews, and Esther obliges…

Purim I

R’ Daniel Z. Feldman tells a story about Disney’s Aladdin being shown at NCSY Kollel once upon a time around Purim, and here’s the Dvar Torah that was told at the time: