As Jews the world over mark the beginning of a new year-long cycle of Torah reading following the holiday of Simchat Torah, a newer, unexpected group of scholars is gearing up to do the same: Christians seeking to return to the roots of the Hebrew Bible.
Why does the Torah begin with, ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth’ (Genesis 1:1)?
Netanyahu blessed all of Israel but warned that the traditional dancing and communal prayer could break the Biblical precept of preserving life.
In verse 15, the Hebrew word for ‘pleasant’ is נָעֵמָה (ne’aymah). This verse was read by Jews all around the world 11 days ago, while negotiations for Naama’s release were being held.
Back in their respective countries, each share a love for Israel, are Shabbat and festival observant and “eat clean” similar to the strict Kashrut standards by which Orthodox Jews hold. But they did not grow up observing these traditions – many began as traditional Christians only to stumble on a Bible passage that sparked their interest in returning to the roots of the Christian tradition – the Hebrew Bible.
We will soon be celebrating Simchat Torah, and Jews throughout the world will dance with Sifrei Torah in their synagogues, community centers,
Rabbi Yosef Berger, one of the rabbis in charge of King David’s Tomb in Jerusalem’s Old City, has been dreaming of a project for over a year – one Torah scroll to unify all of Israel.
Despite the weekend violence in the Old City, hundreds of Jews gathered in its narrow streets to celebrate the holiday of Simchat Torah, in which people dance with the Torah to commemorate receiving the Word of God through Moses on Mt. Sinai. This beautiful video proves that, as the dancers chant, “The eternal nation does […]
Any illusions that some may have once had about the intentions of the Germans, or even their presumed humanity, had been upended by their tormentors’ brutishness and savagery.