Ben-Gurion, Strauss, and Soloveitchik.
The real message of the golden calf?
Moses and his renegade army of shepherds and lepers.
A biblical story marks the moment when Judaism turned from charismatic authority to institutional authority, and from the rule of judgment to the rule of law.
In this week’s Torah reading, God feeds the people quail “until it comes out of their noses.”
The goal of Shabbat is to experience an already-completed world.
He insists he’s not cut out for the job, and his reason has something to do with the way he speaks.
Abraham and Moses are considered wholly righteous men, but Noah isn’t quite. That’s because, unlike them, he does what he’s told without question.