Reuven Kimelman is a Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University.
He came to curse, and ended up reciting a blessing so beautiful it is prominent in our liturgy.
An incomplete lifecycle process or an unsuitable attitude may exempt you from service.
The internal and external structure of this carefully-crafted Psalm serves to reinforce its theme of praising God as the caring, divine ruler of all creation.
The blessings that conclude the Amidah's center section emphasize God's redemption of Israel.
Moral behavior that respects and ensures life is the key to holiness and purity.
The Joseph story provides us with a domestic model for our national ability to move through reconciliation to solidarity.