Tisha B'Av

The Three Weeks

The destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem is commemorated with a period of mourning.

Abraham Isaac Kook

A radical Orthodox rabbi, poet and mystic who devoted his life to synthesizing some of the most complex and contradictory trends in Jewish tradition.

Ask the Expert: Should I Light a Yahrtzeit Candle For an In-law?

Lighting memorial candles is well-established Jewish custom, but not obligatory under Jewish law.

Jewish Ritual Objects: A Guide

From challah covers to yahrzeit candles, what they are used for, how they look and where you can find them.

Next Torah Portion

Summary

In this week’s Torah portion, God gives Phinehas a covenant of peace. God explains the apportionment of the Land of Israel. The daughters of Zelophehad petition to inherit their father’s portion. Moses appoints Joshua as his successor.

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HAFTARAH SUMMARY

Parashat Pinchas

Numbers 25:10-30:1

Jeremiah 1:1-2:3 | Pinchas occurring after 17 Tammuz

What Makes a Family?

The Torah offers several models of familial connection that depart from the standard model.


recharge now

Our weekly Shabbat newsletter, Recharge, features a thoughtful, timely essay to enrich your Shabbat. Here are a few of our recent pieces:

Motivated By Love

Sometimes right and wrong look so similar it’s nearly impossible to distinguish between them.

The Well of Grief

When a community comes together to dig the well of grief, streams of life-giving water can flow from the depths

Sharing the Burden

When the stakes are high, and crisis is imminent, we do not put all of the responsibility on a single charismatic leader.


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