The responsibility of sellers to enact ethical advertising of their products is equal to, if not greater than that of the careful consumer.
Where a monopoly offers a clear benefit to consumers, Jewish tradition does sanction them on a closely regulated basis.
The Mishnah defines the fair price of an item, such that the seller earn a fair price, while not defrauding the buyer.
The Talmud sets a limited precedent for free market competition by balancing the rights of merchants with the interests of consumers.
Human beings have been given the divine power of speech to enable our participation in the ongoing work of sustaining God’s creation.
An individual, Rabbi, Cantor, or volunteer, skilled in singing and well-versed in Torah learning and liturgy, is appointed to lead prayers.
Tefillah is more than the sum of its parts and encompasses far more than the obligation to recite certain specific daily prayers.
By the use of set prayers, are we ipso facto guaranteeing that some will be obliged to recite words they do not find true or meaningful?
It is considered forbidden to fast on fast days if injurious to one’s health, for the sake of performing positive commandments.
We give thanks to God every day for the gift of life, but recognize that we are mortal and that illness and death will come.
While this week’s parashah mainly focuses on shmitah, this Dvar Torah explores a line in the parashah, focusing on how to treat others.
Public buses in Israel feature a sign that quotes from a verse in this week’s parashah: “You shall rise before the aged” (Leviticus 19:32).
The dangers of inappropriate speech are connected to the parashah, Metzora, the person stricken with leprosy.
This week’s parashah opens with God’s instructions to Moshe concerning the oil used for lighting the Menorah in the Mishkan.
Vaera opens with God reiterating the covenant made with Moshe’s ancestors. What’s the connection between this parshah and pizza toast?
In this week’s parashah, Judah’s daughter-in-law Tamar tricks him into sleeping with her after she is not able to conceive with his sons.
What is Hanukkah’s historical context? What does it actually commemorate? Who was Judah and the Maccabees?
After leaving his father’s home, Jacob dreams of God and experiences prayer for the first time. Learn about living in dialogue with God.
In the haftarah for Parashat Toldot, the Book of Malachi describes a dialogue of pushback between God and the people of Israel.
Parashat Chayei Sarah describes the final years of Abraham’s life, following the death of his wife Sarah and culminating in Abraham’s own death.