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The Role of Symmetry in Creation

By Dr. Jeremy Schnittman There is an interesting and important idea within Judaism that there is a symmetry throughout creation which at its core reflects the unity of God. It can best be exemplified by the famous midrash explaining humanity through the great variety of Adam’s descendants. The midrash states: “For if a man mints many […]

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Performance Practice

By Rebecca Cypess My husband and I recently brought our children to Israel for the first time. Our daughter, an exuberant six-year-old, experienced the land in a way that I could not have anticipated. Her reactions to everything we saw, everything we touched, were emotional and strong. She celebrated when she learned about the victory of the Six […]

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How the Lubavitcher Rebbe taught Rashi

By Rabbi Shmuel Mendelsohn Over fifty years ago, on Shabbos Parshas Noach, 5725 – 1964, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, introduced an entirely novel approach to explaining Rashi’s commentary to the Torah. This new methodology for understanding Rashi’s commentary is based on a number of basic principles. Here, I hope to give the […]

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From the Academy to the Beit Midrash: A Journey

By Dr. Jennifer Rachel Cousineau The experience of becoming a student again after a gap of over ten years has provided me with a chance to reflect on what I have found to be striking differences between the study of rabbinic texts in academia, and the way in which rabbinic texts are studied in a […]

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Parallel Postulate, Truths, Rav Kook, & Rambam

BY ARYEH BARUCH A property of Judaism that has been of great interest to me is its encompassment of many strands, some of which are not necessarily mutually compatible. In particular, the divide between rationalist and mystical strands comes to mind. This is not to say that they are wrong – merely that there is […]

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