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Define This

The adolescent daughter of friends of ours has an annoying habit. To almost anything said to her, she aggressively retorts, “Define __”. For instance, when I saw her last week, I innocuously greeted her with “Hello Denise, how are things with you?” “Define things” she snapped back. There was, of course, no good answer. One...

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What ‘Good Deeds’ Does God Ask Us To Do?

Where in the Torah does it mention doing good deeds? Are these the 216 Mitzvahs? James E. Dear James, Let us make sure that we are speaking the same language. The word ‘mitzvah’ – מצוה – is often incorrectly translated as ‘good deed’. That is wrong. The root of the word is TZ-V-H, צ-ו-ה, which...

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Good Gracious You’re Pregnant

“Just five more minutes,” “One more chapter,” “I guess I can stay a little longer.” The temptation to stretch out an enjoyable activity just a little bit more is one to which we can all relate. After a month of reveling in God’s closeness, culminating with the Festival of Sukkot (Tabernacles), the Jewish people felt...

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