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Groundhog Day, the Israeli Elections and Collective Punishment The Parsha, ETC! with Rabbi Francis Nataf

No, our intention was not that the Israeli elections are collective punishment, though it would appear that they are. Rather what is intended is that the Torah's underlying justification of collective punishment, possibly found in this week's parsha, may be the key to getting out of the Groundhog Day cycle that the Israeli elections have become. Listen and found out why. — Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
  1. Groundhog Day, the Israeli Elections and Collective Punishment
  2. Is Machmir Always Better?
  3. Women's Day and the Voice of Sarah
  4. Esther's Da'as Torah (and ours)
  5. Converts, Covid and Community


David and Bathsheva IDavid and Bathsheva II 

Video – Why Jews Should Continue to Ignore the Bible Critics

Jewish Thought

The Need for Human Creativity in Judaism

Video – Who are you Calling a Hellenist? Models of Integration (For the source sheet, click here.)

Video – Thinking Jewishly: Israel, Jewish and Democratic

Video – Hegel, History and Rebbe Akiva – A New Take on Sefirat HaOmer 

Halachic Theory

Criteria and Parameters of Halachic Change – Mini Course (Winter 2009): Part IPart IIPart IIIPart IVPart VPart VI, Part VIIPart VIII


Video – Can We Pray?

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