In this week’s Torah portion, Moses receives the call from God to be a prophet, but seems reluctant to answer it. We might think it would be a good thing to be God’s chosen prophet. Why doesn’t Moses agree?
In response to recent criticism, Israeli officials are reviewing haredi Orthodox policies restricting religious expression at the Western Wall. But among the Israeli secular majority, such restrictions rank near the bottom of a long list of church-state issues they would like to address.
While other Jews are wrapping their tefillin, Rabbi Benjamin David is lacing his sneakers. Six days a week, the co-founder of the now national Running Rabbis group runs the roads of South Jersey for at least 45 minutes, often longer.
Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has big shoes to fill. Appointed this week as the 11th British chief rabbi, he will succeed Jonathan Sacks, an internationally renowned author and public intellectual who speaks frequently on moral, philosophical and theological affairs.