Life of Noach
Life of Pi is a beautiful and well-crafted story, with strong overtones of Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea. But it also reminds me of the story of our sidra this week, the story of Noach and the Mabbul, the Flood or Deluge.
Hoshana Rabba—Judgment Day
Wednesday is the holiday of Hoshana Rabba, an obscure and little-recognized moment in the Jewish calendar. Few people are aware that it is one of the holiest days of the year -- a day akin to Yom Kippur. It is the last day of Sukkot and it is the day on which the land of Israel is judged for water.
On Simchat Torah, we read the verse "The Torah was commanded to us by Moshe, a morasha (inheritance) to the congregation of Yaakov." It is interesting that the Torah uses the word morasha and not yerusha (which also means inheritance).... by Rivka Weiss, sophomore
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