Is Judaism a Universalistic or a Particularistic Faith?
If you ask most people the question “What is the basic teaching of all religions,” they would probably answer, “the Golden Rule, ‘love your neighbor as yourself!’’ In our tradition, we refer to that teaching as Lev HaTorah or the heart of the Torah as it is a […]
Torah Reading: Gen. 1:1 [Plaut, p.18/19]
Haftarah: Isaiah 42:5 [Plaut, p. 320/51]
Bereshith offers a majestic account of the creation of the world. Not to be understood literally, the Torah’s understanding of the origins of the universe emphasizes design, awe and the ultimate goodness of existence, a remarkable breakthrough in articulating humanity’s relationship with nature. The Haftarah […]