The world’s biggest supply of rams’ horns for the Jewish New Year comes from a tiny hole-in-the-wall in Tel Aviv. But one of Israel’s main competitors in the shofar business is China.
What would it take to make the synagogues of today appeal to the Jewish leaders of tomorrow?
For the environmentally and socially conscious crowd who buy local and compost their leftovers - shmitta is a Jewish law that really resonates.
Why did it take the video of the Baltimore Ravens star going public to have him indefinitely suspended? The Torah teaches us that God is always watching, and knowing this should encourage us to be to ourselves like a parent to a child: caring deeply about our actions and their consequences - whether others see them or not.
We must all question how justified the massive death count was of innocents in Gaza, whatever the extenuating circumstances. We must investigate our actions, not to save face but so we can face ourselves.
The Torah has much to teach us about Labor Day.
During Operation Protective Edge, Jews from the political left and right, and from secular to ultra-Orthodox united in acts of loving kindness. Must it take war with our enemies to find peace within our people?
While Israel’s Orthodox community plunges into mourning tonight and tomorrow for the Jewish fast day of the 9th of Av, the country’s secular majority doesn’t relate to what’s seen as an irrelevant, vestigial commemoration.
The letter, circulated on a particularly tense day between Israel and the UN, says the global body 'recognizes the major festivals of many of the world's main religions, yet Judaism is not represented.'
Not eating meat for the 'nine days' allows us to reflect on how much food we waste and how many animals we kill unnecessarily.