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Simchat Torah

OP-ED: On Simchat Torah: Lessons from Liudmila, a pandemic sage

By RABBI ALEX BRAVER

– As we are about to celebrate Simchat Torah—a holiday defined by its communal gatherings, and the critical importance of physical proximity and traditions like dancing with the Torah—I find myself thinking of the Talmudic story of Shimon bar Yochai and his son, two rabbis who hid in a cave for 12 years to escape Roman persecution.

Surviving on a miraculous carob tree and...

Again

By RABBI JOSEPH H. PROUSER

In one of my family’s favorite movies, “The Princess Bride,” Inigo Montoya (played by Mandy Patinkin) avers: “You told me to go back to the beginning, so I have.” His statement represents a turning point. Montoya here begins his transition from a dissolute and lawless past to a heroic and redemptive future.

Going back to the beginning is the defining experience of Simchat Torah. We...

Person in the Parsha: BERESHIT

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

IGNORANCE IS BLISS?

“Ignorance is bliss.” There was a time not too long ago when the mention of these three simple words in the midst of a friendly conversation would have engendered a long and interesting discussion, perhaps even a debate. There would have been speculation about the origin of the statement. Who was it that said “ignorance...

Rabbinic group: Women permitted to dance with Torah scroll

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Women are permitted to dance with a Torah scroll on the Simchat Torah holiday, an Israeli modern Orthodox rabbinical organization ruled.

Beit Hillel posted the religious ruling on its website for the holiday, which falls on Wednesday night and Thursday.

The ruling also encourages synagogues to be more inclusive of the elderly, the youth and people with disabilities during the holiday celebration, which includes seven circuits of...

Person in the Parsha: BERESHIT

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

CREATION CONVERSATION

Anyone who has ever taught anything can confirm the adage of our Sages: “I have learned from all my teachers, but I have learned most from my pupils.”

It is especially true that one learns a great deal from his students if he does not limit himself to lecturing to them, but rather engages in face-to-face conversation with them. It is...

Person in the Parsha: BERESHIT

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“Time Management”

This happens all the time. You meet someone new, either being introduced to him by someone else, or taking the initiative yourself by saying, “Hi, my name is Tzvi Hersh. What is yours?”

After you exchange names with your new acquaintance, I will wager that the next question you ask is, “What do you do?” He will respond with a description...

Stuffed recipes: cabbage with meat and vegetarian grape leaves

By CHAVIE LIEBER

NEW YORK (JTA) — Below are recipes for Sweet and Sour Stuffed Cabbage and Vegetarian Stuffed Grape Leaves

Joan Nathan’s Sweet and Sour Stuffed Cabbage Ingredients: 1 head of cabbage, frozen (2 pounds) 2 pounds ground beef 1 medium onion, grated 1 clove garlic, minced (about 1 teaspoon) Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil 1 medium onion, peeled and diced (about 1 cup)...

The Jews, stuffed cabbage and Simchat Torah

By CHAVIE LIEBER

NEW YORK (JTA) — It’s almost encoded in your Jewish DNA: How you make your stuffed cabbage all depends on where your grandmother came from. For many, the delicacy is served on the holiday of Simchat Torah much the same way that latkes are associated with Chanukah, hamentaschen tag along with Purim and Shavuot comes with a plethora of dairy dishes.

So how did the overcooked, gelatinous,...

Person in the Parsha: VEZOT HABERACHAH

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“More Than Just a Man”

I have been an avid reader of books about the psychology of religion since I was an adolescent. I remember going to the local public library and systematically taking out every book on the shelves that related to the topic of the human phenomenon of religious behavior.

Until relatively recently, I had been convinced that no book on...