When Abraham Met Brahma- Excerpt from Be, Become, Bless

The thirst for spirituality and meaning is a defining characteristic of our times. A societal shift is taking place, one that emphasizes experience, feeling, and imagination. Be, Become, Bless presents a Jewish approach to transforming the way we see and live our lives. In these pages, Rabbi Yakov Nagen uses the weekly parasha as a springboard to converse with both Eastern spirituality…

Author Q&A: Alex Israel

Koren Publishers:    Tell us about yourself. Alex Israel: I live in Gush Etzion and teach Tanakh in Jerusalem. I am lucky enough to teach in several wonderful frameworks, teaching students aged 18 to 80 and from a diverse set of backgrounds. I teach Modern Orthodox gap-year students at Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi and Midreshet Lindenbaum. I…

It’s in the Gene(alogy): Family, Storytelling, and Salvation-An Excerpt from “Gleanings: Reflections on Ruth”

A special thanks to 929 for spreading some pre-Shavuot wisdom. This excerpt was taken from an essay featured in Gleanings: Reflections on Ruth edited by Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern. “It’s in the Gene(alogy): Family, Storytelling, and Salvation” .   By telling the story of King David’s genealogy through the Book of Ruth, the text is…