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This week's parsha

Unless otherwise noted, "This week's Parsha" comprises articles taken from contributors to the website.  We show the original author's name here, so that proper attribution is given.  For the sake of brevity, footnotes cited in the original author's writings are omitted from this website.  If you need to see the citations, please refer to the original articles on the website.

Dynamic Judaism

There are static systems and dynamic systems.  The static system is likely to have a strong and stable structure.  But because - by definition - it does not change, after a time, it may well start to decay and even to crumble.  By contrast, a dynamic system is one of movement, change and discovery.

If you were evaluating a business set up, you might ask yourself, "Static?  Or dynamic?"  This might affect your decision whether or not to join the firm as a director, or, if you were a banker, whether or not to lend it money.  You might think in the same way about a community:  "Static?  Or dynamic?"  Is there an atmosphere of healthy dynamism, of spirit, of excitement?  Or is it staid and rather boring, and young people are moving away?

Read more: Dynamic Judaism

Nachas ...

The first Jewish President of America was elected.

Naturally, his first step was to call his Mother:

"Mama, I've won the elections, you've got to come to the inauguration!"

"I don't know.  What would I wear?"

"Don't worry, Mama, I'm going to be president, I can send you a personal dressmaker"

"But I only eat kosher food"

Read more: Nachas...

The True Translation

In our multinational society, translations are an important part of life.  Ideally, they enable different peoples, who have totally different ways of thinking, to connect together.  But are translations always accurate?

The Parshah of Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22), beginning the fifth and final Book of the Torah, presents Moses giving talks to the Jewish people, explaining what the Torah is going to mean in their lives when they enter the Land of Israel.  The Sages tell us he did not only speak to them in Hebrew: he also translated the Torah into the seventy languages of the original seventy nations of the world.

This was opening the possibility for future translations of the Torah, as in our time, communicating aspects of Torah thought to very disparate kinds of people: men and women with different life-styles, with different questions.  The Torah has answers for them all, but these have to be translated in a way which they can understand.

Read more: The True Translation

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