In which we discuss Vayikra Rabbah 35:7 and the importance of Torah being a religion of praxis.
Vayikra Rabba 34:14 provides lessons about charity from how to treat one’s ex-spouse.
In which we turn to Vayikra Rabba 27:8 for a counterintuitive take on the ramifications of sin of the Golden Calf
After a long and unintended hiatus, the podcast returns with a discussion of Vayikra Rabba 24:5 and how Leviticus 19 parallels the 10 Commandments.
In what has become an annual tradition, every December I review the books I read in the past year and pick out my favorites to share with other avid readers.
This is not a comprehensive list of all the books I read, nor is this a ranking of these books as the “best” of anything. Instead, I prefer to share the books I enjoyed reading the most in the hopes that maybe someone will find and enjoy something they otherwise might not have encountered. Enjoyment does not imply agreement with or an endorsement of their arguments, only that I found their contents stimulating and engaging.
According to Goodreads, I read 63 books in 2021. Here are the ones I enjoyed the most.
In which Bereishit Rabbah 91:10 may provide an insight for how to respond to distressing situations
In which Genesis Rabbah 84:9 teaches the importance of speaking from the heart. Bonus: A disagreement with Rashi
We take a look at Bereishit Rabbah 75:3 to consider the benefits of picking our battles.
In which we use Genesis Rabbah 71:6 (with a little help from The Simpsons) to learn about the nuances of jealousy.
In Genesis Rabbah 65:4 we learn why simply noticing our surroundings can be so important