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Shoftim

Parshah
The Problem With Astrology

The prophet and the astrologer are not actually in the same line of business. Their mission statements could not be further apart.
The Oys and Joys of Parenting

If, as the Torah says, humans are similar to trees, then parenting is a lot like gardening. You can read about it in books, but you don’t know what you’re doing until you get your hands dirty.
The Book of Deuteronomy: Renewal of the Sinai Covenant

Deuteronomy is the last act of the Jewish people’s drama before becoming a nation in its own land, and it forms the context of all that follows.
Shoftim Parshah Quiz

Take this quiz to see how well you know the parshah of Shoftim.
Your Questions
Why Are Tefillin Square?

The Zohar states that the secret reason for the mitzvah of tefillin can be found within the verse, “And they shall make Me a sanctuary and I will dwell among them.”
On the Calendar
Seven Thoughts About Elul to Help Us Turn Inward and Forgive

Welcome to the month of turning inward, the month of forgiveness, the month of spiritual accounting, the month of deepening.
12 Elul Facts Every Jew Should Know
As we approach the High Holidays (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur), we prepare for these holidays during the month of Elul.
Advice For Life
Three Simple Steps To Disarm an Angry Person

Return bullets with flowers. Lie low. Ponder what you like about this person. And then defuse the whole situation with a smile.
Story
The Learned Thief, the Studious Visitor, and the Kind Innkeeper

“My daughter is betrothed to a fine young man, but I have no idea of how to pay for the wedding.”
Video
How to Do Teshuvah

Learn refreshing perspectives and practical ways to do teshuvah (repentance) to attain atonement and forgiveness.
Lifestyle
Crusty Olive Bread

Character is a person’s only real possession
— Rabbi Israel Salanter
Print Magazine

Every year, our sages taught, with the cry of the shofar the entire universe is reborn.

And so, at that time, with our resolutions and our prayers, we hold an awesome power: To determine what sort of child this newborn year shall be—how it will take its first breaths, how it will struggle to its feet and how it will...

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