“Let them eat cake!” Popularly attributed to Queen Marie Antoinette, this quote has entered our lexicon to express the callousness and obliviousness of the royalty and upper class to the […]
Rabbi Oratz on the Parsha
A corpse. A corpse on Union Street, New Orleans. It is seventeen years later, and I still cannot get the vision out of my mind. In the tragic aftermath of
“I don’t care what anyone else thinks, I do what I know is right!” Ever come across someone with this attitude? Have any friends or relatives like that? Strong minded.
I write these words from somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean as I return home to New Jersey from a week-long trip to Israel. But am I really returning home? On
“Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it” (Koheles 11:1). In this week’s Torah portion, we find the Jewish people, in their fortieth year
From the sea they didn’t want to leave, from the mountain they couldn’t get away fast enough. The Torah tells us that after the miraculous splitting of the sea, all
Parshas Vayikrah – Of Course Animal Sacrifice Seems Barbaric and Pagan, That’s Why We Pray for Its Return!
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz recently penned an open “letter to Hashem (G-d)”, asking why we pray for a third Temple that will include animal sacrifice. I will be bold enough to assume