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The Heart of the Torah

Published on November 14th, 2014 | by Natan Margalit

Just a few weeks ago we finished the High Holiday season with Simchat Torah and that wonderful moment when we finish reading the Torah with the last words of Deuteronomy “l’eynei kol Israel” “in the eyes... Read More


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A Poem for Rosh Hashanah

Published on September 16th, 2014 | by Natan Margalit

I want to share this poem by E. E. Cummings (apparently, contra the myth that he legally changed his name to e e cummings, he actually preferred his name with the normal capital letters).  I want... Read More


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Challah and Halakhah

Published on July 29th, 2014 | by Natan Margalit

I’m a pretty good challah maker. Actually, I’m being too modest. I make some of the best whole wheat challah most people have ever tasted. I think that part of the reason it comes out so... Read More


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Reb Zalman’s Passing and a New Era Emerging

Published on July 7th, 2014 | by Natan Margalit

I wanted to add my own little story into the flood of memories, stories and reminiscences that so many have shared in the past few days since Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z’tl, beloved teacher and rebbe to so many,... Read More


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17 Tammuz / Ramadan Fast Against Violence

Published on July 7th, 2014 | by Natan Margalit

(Note: Organic Torah is reprinting an e-mail sent by Rabbi Arthur Waskow, in which he spreads the word about a Hunger Strike Against Violence set for July 15, to be concurrent with the Jewish fast of... Read More


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A Genuine Culture?

Published on May 30th, 2014 | by Natan Margalit

As I always do on my visits back to Honolulu to see my mother and other family (who still live at or near the old homestead), this last February I attended Shabbat morning services at my... Read More


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The Many Stories of Passover

Published on March 31st, 2014 | by Natan Margalit

One of the simple but important sentences that we read on the Seder night is: “Even if all of us were wise, discerning, venerated, and completely knowledgeable in the Torah, it is still a mitzvah for... Read More


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