The Geopolitics of Purim

After the Vashti episode, Achashverosh sends the following message: “that every man should bear rule in his own house, and speak according to the language of his people.” Why did he bother stating the obvious? (although some might disagree on the ‘bear rule in his own house’ part). The reason is that the early Persian […]

Parshat Ki-Tisa: Another Aaron

This Torah Short is about a man who serves coffee a tiny shop on mechanics’ row in Talpiot – until he discovers that he has an unusual power…    Podcast above, and text below… Click the headline to get to a printable version. Aaron Mizrahi slowly climbed the steps to the stage. He could feel the […]

Parshat Tetzaveh: The Secular Kohen

This Torah Short is about an avowedly secular man – who is unexpectedly chosen to be the next Kohen Gadol (High Priest). This story is available as a podcast (above) or text (below). Clock the headline to get to a printable version. I have to say, I was surprised by the knock on my door. […]