Just One Mitzvah

Just One Mitzvah

Aug 11, 2017 By Noah Bickart | Commentary | Eikev

At the heart of this week’s parashah, we find the following:

All the commandments (כָּל־הַמִּצְוָה) which I command you this day shall you take care to do, that you may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to your fathers. And you shall remember all the ways (כָּל־הַדֶּרֶךְ) which the Lord your God led you these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you, and to prove you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments, or not. (Deut. 8:1–2)

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Matzah: From Affliction to Redemption

Matzah: From Affliction to Redemption

Apr 13, 2016 By Noah Bickart | Short Video | Pesah

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How Many Torahs Are There?

How Many Torahs Are There?

Mar 25, 2016 By Noah Bickart | Commentary | Tzav

Exodus 12:49 reads, famously, “You shall have one Torah for the one who is native born, and for the stranger who dwells among you.” The upshot is clear: the Jewish people, along with noncitizens who are present in their society, are to be organized around a single, egalitarian legal system. The experience of Mount Sinai was not only one of theophany (divine encounter), though it was that, but also of a revelation that continues through law. The experience of the biblical Israelite was one in which God’s presence was meant to be felt primarily through performing certain actions and refraining from others: God’s will is mediated and met through mitzvot.

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The Voice of Esau

The Voice of Esau

Nov 21, 2014 By Noah Bickart | Commentary | Toledot

Joyce’s Ulysses is the only text that rivals the Babylonian Talmud in both its complexity and its stream-of-consciousness–style, jumping from topic to topic. In many ways, Joyce designed his masterpiece to be a Jewish book. Its main character, Leopold Bloom, was modeled on the assimilated Jews who were Joyce’s companions in his exile from Dublin in Paris, Zurich, and Trieste. In the book, Joyce’s characters quote the Bible frequently, sometimes even in Hebrew. In many ways the Jewish tradition is used in Ulysses as a foil, or counterbalance, for the main organizing principle of the work, a modern retelling of the journeys of Odysseus on his way home from Troy.

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A Holiday For God Or For Us?

A Holiday For God Or For Us?

Sep 9, 2014 By Noah Bickart | Short Video | Rosh Hashanah

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Judaism Is More Than Skin Deep

Judaism Is More Than Skin Deep

Mar 26, 2014 By Noah Bickart | Commentary | Tazria

The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying: When a person has on the skin of his body a swelling, a rash, or a discoloration, and it develops into a scaly affection on the skin of his body, it shall be reported to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons, the priests.

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