MIDRASH: The Stories We Tell

WHY THE TORAH REMAINS AN OPEN BOOK by Reba Carmel   Moses received the Torah at Sinai and he transmitted it to Joshua,  and Joshua to the elders, and the elders to the prophets, and the prophets transmitted it to the Men of the Great Assembly . . . [who] said three maxims: Be measured […]

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Maimonides for the 21st Century

EVALUATING THE RAMBAM’S VIEW OF A JUST SOCIETY by Rabbi Reba Carmel From the Autumn 2016 issue of Jewish Currents. Discussed in this essay: Maimonides and the Book that Changed Judaism: Secrets of The Guide for the Perplexed, by Micah Goodman. University of Nebraska Press, 2015, 296 pages. “GOD IS THE GREATEST THREAT to religion.” […]

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A High Holiday Journey for the Heart and Soul

Marcia Falk Continues to Transform Jewish Liturgy by Rabbi Reba Carmel Discussed in this essay: The Days Between: Blessings, Poems and Directions of the Heart for the High Holiday Season, by Marcia Falk. Brandeis University, HBI Series on Jewish Women, 214, 260 pages. IN THE BABYLONIAN TALMUD (Brakhot 7a), Rabbi Yohanan, in the name of […]

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Why Do Jews Need Rosh Hashone

Psychological and Communal Aspects of the Jewish New Year by Reba Carmel From the Autumn, 2014 issue of Jewish Currents   OUR FIRST BIBLICAL ENCOUNTER with Rosh Hashone does not mention “Rosh Hashone” (“Head of the Year”). Leviticus 23:24-26 states: ‘[I]n the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe complete […]

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