(RNS) Jews believe God cannot become human, and humans cannot become God. But sometimes we transcend that distance through prayer and worship, through the study of sacred texts and through altruistic acts.
Articles tagged “Torah”
JERUSALEM (RNS) Bar mitzvah boys are encouraged to read from the Torah at the Western Wall, but the state-supported Western Wall Heritage Foundation, which is run by Israel’s Orthodox establishment, prohibits girls and women from doing so.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. (RNS) All of the specimens at Torah Animal World died of natural causes, swears Rabbi Shaul Shimon Deutsch, and were not hunted in the wild: “Instead of turning them into a fur coat I use them for education.”
Ultra Orthodox Hasidic Jews observe the strict rules of the Torah, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, and its 613 commandments. But, for some, the lack of choices is too rigid, so they choose to leave, even though doing so can be very painful.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Three days before the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina that flooded their synagogue and two days before Hurricane Isaac hit landfall in Louisiana, the wandering Jews of Congregation Beth Israel are finally home. By Bruce Nolan.
(RNS) A group of Orthodox rabbis has designed a popular course to inject more morality into economics — from the household budget to the stock market. By Lauren Markoe.
Billed as the largest celebration of shared Jewish learning in history, some 90,000 Orthodox Jews crowded into a New Jersey stadium to read portions of the Talmud’s 2,711th — and final — page. By Mark Mueller and Jason Grant.
(RNS) As 150,000 Orthodox Jews in North America celebrate the completion of a seven-year Talmud study program August 1, it’s easier than ever to study scripture, with the advent of websites, podcasts and smartphone apps. By Chris Lisee.
(RNS) A new documentary follows a tiny Torah — smuggled into a concentration camp and entrusted to a young boy, then taken to space by Israel's first astronaut — from hell on earth to space. By Lauren Markoe.