Spirituality

How Hasidic Wisdom Can Improve Your Life

Hasidism is a philosophy of devotion, not self-help. But that doesn’t mean it won’t improve your life.

What the “Writing on the Wall” in the Book of Daniel Really Means

The phrase shows up in popular culture as synonymous with fatalistic warning, but it has a much deeper meaning for Jews.

Sefer Yetzirah: The Book of Creation

This ancient mystical text introduced many concepts that would be more fully developed by the tradition of Kabbalah.

The Jews of Italy

Jews have been present on the Italian peninsula from the time of Judah Maccabee.

Next Torah Portion

Summary

In this Torah portion, Moses sends 12 spies to explore the Land of Israel. Ten of them convince the people that it will be too difficult to conquer the land. God responds to their lack of confidence by punishing them with 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. God commands the Israelites to put fringes on the ends of their clothing.

FULL SUMMARY
HAFTARAH SUMMARY

Parashat Sh’lach

Numbers 13:1-15:41

Joshua 2:1-24

The Perils of Groupthink

The story of the spies offers an object lesson in the importance of diversity — and the danger of homogeneity.

Jewish Meditation Moment

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

Things Fall Apart

With some exceptions, the Jewish people have always been beset by external conflict and inner turmoil. 

Time Wars

The ancient rabbis were well aware that control of the calendar was linked to their authority over the Jewish people

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