Text and City

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Text and the City | BeHukotai 2014Camp Schneller, originally an Ottoman OrphanageDuring my last year of military service in the IDF, I was posted to “Camp Shneller”, a base conveniently Shabbes, Shabbes, Goyim!” in protest. I couldn’t resist the temptation and...

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Text and the City | BeHukotai 2014Camp Schneller, originally an Ottoman OrphanageDuring my last year of military service in the IDF, I was posted to “Camp Shneller”, a base conveniently Shabbes, Shabbes, Goyim!” in protest. I couldn’t resist the temptation and...

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Text and the City |Behar 2014 In the center of Jerusalem hangs a bell which has never tolled. It is a replica of Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell, crack and all. Both are inscribed with a verse from this week’s Torah portion:“Proclaim liberty throughout the land...

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Text and the City |Behar 2014 In the center of Jerusalem hangs a bell which has never tolled. It is a replica of Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell, crack and all. Both are inscribed with a verse from this week’s Torah portion:“Proclaim liberty throughout the land...

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Text and the City |Yom haAtzmaut 2014 On Israel Independence Day – are we celebrating the past, the present, or the future?This year, somewhat depressed about the present, and deeply concerned about the future (but fighting – in my own way – to improve both...

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Text and the City |Yom haAtzmaut 2014 On Israel Independence Day – are we celebrating the past, the present, or the future?This year, somewhat depressed about the present, and deeply concerned about the future (but fighting – in my own way – to improve both...

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Text and the City | Kedoshim 2014"If you treat a man as he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be"GoetheA parlor game for the Biblically inclined: Of all the verses in the Torah, which is the commandment people fulfill most...

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Text and the City | Kedoshim 2014"If you treat a man as he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be"GoetheA parlor game for the Biblically inclined: Of all the verses in the Torah, which is the commandment people fulfill most...

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Text and the City | Passover 2014It never ceases to amaze, the all-out war on yeast declared each year by thousands of families. Whether it plays out as a complete eradication of all household dust - spring cleaning under the guise of religious fervor - or simply...

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Text and the City | Passover 2014It never ceases to amaze, the all-out war on yeast declared each year by thousands of families. Whether it plays out as a complete eradication of all household dust - spring cleaning under the guise of religious fervor - or simply...

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Text and the City | Ki Tisa 2014Three years ago, when Amy Chua’s “Tiger Mom” came out, my friend Dasee Berkowitz and I wrote a counter-piece about “The Spiritual Life of Parents”. It was an aspirational piece, to say the least. This week, as I was trying to recover from a high-...

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Text and the City | Ki Tisa 2014Three years ago, when Amy Chua’s “Tiger Mom” came out, my friend Dasee Berkowitz and I wrote a counter-piece about “The Spiritual Life of Parents”. It was an aspirational piece, to say the least. This week, as I was trying to recover from a high-...

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Text and the City | Tetzaveh 2014A version of this dvar appeared on the Huffington Post’s ON Scripture and on eJewishPhilanthropyTwenty years ago, my grandfather asked me to mail some charitable donation cheques for him. I noticed the words “earmarked for overhead costs” on one...

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Text and the City | Tetzaveh 2014A version of this dvar appeared on the Huffington Post’s ON Scripture and on eJewishPhilanthropyTwenty years ago, my grandfather asked me to mail some charitable donation cheques for him. I noticed the words “earmarked for overhead costs” on one...

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Text and the City | Teruma 2014 “When it is time to leave the world, and for the soul to rise up wherever it rises to,it is not the goal or aspiration that the soul stay only up high. For the real fulfillment of the soul is that while it is "up there", it...

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Text and the City | Teruma 2014 “When it is time to leave the world, and for the soul to rise up wherever it rises to,it is not the goal or aspiration that the soul stay only up high. For the real fulfillment of the soul is that while it is "up there", it...

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Text and the City | Mishpatim 2014Rav Yehuda said: One who wishes to be a Hasidmust fulfill the matters of Damages [Nezikin].Ravina said: One who wishes to be a Hasid must fulfill the matters of the Fathers [Ethics of the Fathers,  Pirkei Avot].Others said:...

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Text and the City | Mishpatim 2014Rav Yehuda said: One who wishes to be a Hasidmust fulfill the matters of Damages [Nezikin].Ravina said: One who wishes to be a Hasid must fulfill the matters of the Fathers [Ethics of the Fathers,  Pirkei Avot].Others said:...

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Text and the City | Yitro 2014In honor of our newest batch of Alumni Venture Fund grantees, especially this one.Blessed be the Lord, Maker of Heaven and Earth, who has brought us to this generation. For too long our sins and the sins of our fathers caused us to...

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Text and the City | Yitro 2014In honor of our newest batch of Alumni Venture Fund grantees, especially this one.Blessed be the Lord, Maker of Heaven and Earth, who has brought us to this generation. For too long our sins and the sins of our fathers caused us to...

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