Archive for the Yakach יָכַח Category

Broken Religious Community: The Flip Side to Hope and Chanukah

I’ve outgrown the furrowed-browed warnings of a sky that is perpetually falling. I’ve outgrown the snarling brimstone preaching that brokers in damnation. I’ve outgrown the vile war rhetoric that continually demands an encroaching enemy. I’ve outgrown the expectation that my faith is the sole property of a […]

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Hanukkah and the Abomination of Desolation

There’s a lot more going on in the Hanukkah story than just candles, dreidels, and potato latkes. The story of Hanukkah annually reminds us of the ongoing spiritual war against God’s people, the threat of religious persecution, and the heroic sacrifices of those who have laid down […]

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Why were the Bnei Adam Numbered According to the Bnei Yisrael?

In Deuteronomy, we learn that before Israel was a People, G-d was already thinking about Israel–and that He numbered the sons of Adam according to the sons of Israel: “When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when he divided all mankind, he set up boundaries […]

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