The point of the Torah’s rules on foreign brides and divorce.
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.
They looked inside themselves and saw only their own fear, not the confidence needed to make the land of Israel their own.
Read enough of the Hebrew Bible and you could come to the conclusion that the two are intertwined, or even interdependent.
He insists he’s not cut out for the job, and his reason has something to do with the way he speaks.
Wherever Jews live, God lives within them.
And why this week’s Torah portion fits into the spirit of both days.