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The Jewish Tradition of Circling the Dead

By On October 21, 2016

  On Simchat Torah, Jewish communities across the world will take to the streets and the synagogue social halls to dance circles around the Torah for the holiday. But long before this… Read More

A Blog That Mixes the Perfect Drink for Every Torah Portion

A Blog That Mixes the Perfect Drink for Every Torah Portion

By On May 31, 2016

Have you ever been reading the weekly Torah portion and thought to yourself, “I could really use a drink”? If you know that feeling, we have just the blog for you: Tippling… Read More

Bob Dylan Lyrics as Oral Law

Bob Dylan Lyrics as Oral Law?

By On March 8, 2016

“Come senators, congressmen, please heed the call. Don’t stand in the doorway, don’t block up the hall,” sang Bob Dylan in his 1964 anthem “The Times They Are a-Changin’.” Dylan was excoriating… Read More

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Why Indiana Jones’ Nazi-Loving Enemy Said a Torah Prayer

By On February 22, 2016

Listen carefully to the words of Nazi sympathizer René Belloq, Indiana Jones’ archnemesis, in the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark just before he opens the Ark of the Covenant. Dressed… Read More

This Barbie Wears Tefillin and is a Torah Scribe

Meet the Feminist Torah Scribe Behind Tefillin Barbie

By On January 11, 2016

As one would expect, the rules for who can and cannot become a sofer (a Torah scribe) are pretty intense. As stated in the Talmud, “Sifrei Torah…written by a heretic, a star-worshipper,… Read More

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A Stunningly Illustrated Torah Like Nothing We’ve Seen Before

By On November 6, 2015

An astronaut, a cowboy, and a girl kissing a moose have just made it into the Bible, thanks to the incredible vision of artist Archie Rand. This is not your standard scroll,… Read More

Decoding the Torah=Decoding Life. Or Something.

Decoding the Torah=Decoding Life. Or Something.

By On October 21, 2015

A blurb for Torah Codes: End to Darkness proclaims that the film is the definitive source “on the bible codes and what is happening in Israel.” It’s one of those things—maybe. It’s… Read More

Torah On The Moon

Torah On The Moon

By On July 21, 2014

Christian Bibles are available in hotel rooms, or by missionaries going door to door. But if you want a copy of the Torah while you’re traveling you have to bring one with you or… Read More

Catch Elijah This Weekend—He Won't be Back for 21 Years

Catch Elijah This Weekend—He Won’t be Back for 21 Years

By On July 11, 2014

This weekend most congregations outside of Israel will read a very special haftarah: the story of Elijah asking God to take his life. Because of the intricacies of the Jewish calendar, this haftarah is… Read More

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The 17th-Century Torah for Girls

By On January 9, 2014

If there had been book blurbs in the 17th century, one for the Tsenah Urenah might have read: “What a time-saver. I keep it in the kitchen, next to the schmaltz.” Written by… Read More


“Moo. Please No Murder Me” – and Other Torah Commentaries

By On September 24, 2013

So begins “The Song of the Red Cow,” one of 54 strange and delightful Torah commentaries in Unscrolled, a motley collection of essays, memoirs, cartoons, and shticks. Each is as unique as the poor red heifer,… Read More


Tabletop Torah

By On November 23, 2012

God has more in common with a bottle of dish soap than you might think. Or at least Brooklyn-based puppeteer and educator Ora Fruchter wants you to think so. Through Creatures Teach Torah, Fruchter uses… Read More

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