The establishment of the State of Israel, together with the challenges that modernity has presented to the Jewish people – in Israel and elsewhere in the world – confronts Judaism with a reality unlike any that it has encountered for nearly 2,000 years. In response, there is an urgent need to rediscover and reactivate Judaism in its vibrant, authentic, but ever-changing form.
The Torah reading in synagogue is not conventional Torah learning, but rather a kind of a wake-up call. We are shocked by the text before we even have a chance to get used to its deeper content. And although we have read it for many years, the fact that the story appears again an entire year later, and no earlier, gives us a chance to forget it and then rediscover it as never before. Read more →