Bereshit

Bereishit

Mercy, Justice, and Responsibility: Toward a New Reading of the Creation Stories October 21, 2009

Why are Women Exempt from the Command to Procreate? September 29, 2010

The Architecture of Creation: ABlueprint for Thinking about Midrash October 12, 2012

A Talmudic Motion to Retry the Snake October 18, 2014

The Dangers of Knowledge Addiction October 10, 2015

Are Adam and Eve Modern Orthodox Role Models? October 28, 2016


Noach

Is Free Will A Gift Worth Having for Its Own Sake, or for the Sake of Overcoming It? October 7, 2010

Do We Own Our Bodies? Halakhic and Aggadic Reflections October 19, 2012

Noach 5774 October 4, 2013

Understanding the Tower of Babel through Visual Art October 25, 2014

If a Waterfall's in the Forest, Does it Make a Sound? October 17, 2015

Noach and Global Warming November 4, 2016


Lekh Lekha

Open Book: Lekh Lekha Harvard Hillel, undated

The Canaanites Were Then in the Land: Ibn Ezra and Lower Biblical Criticism October 30, 2009

LOn Omnisignificance and Redundancy, or: Why was Yishmael Circumcised? October 13, 2010

Who Was Avraham's Mother? Thoughts on Tolkein and Torah November 4, 2011

Against the Legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Case Study in Halakhah and Public Ethics October 26, 2012

Avraham, Abravenel, and Monarchy  October 11, 2013

Translating Torah, No Dictionary Required November 1, 2014

Did Avram Go for His Own Sake or for G-d's? October 24, 2015

Does "It's Never Been Done" Imply "It Shouldn't Be Done"? November 11, 2016

Vayera

Open Book: Vayera Harvard Hillel, undated

Tosafot's Radical Portrait of Avraham November 5, 2009

Was Avraham Ambivalent, or Ashamed? Malbim's Astounding Reading of the Akeidah October 21, 2010

Dina Demalkhuta Dina vs. Civil Disobedience in Sodom November 11, 2011

What are the Responsibilities of a Good Person in a Corrupt Society? November 2, 2012

Tzelem Elokim, Imitatio Dei, and the Dynamics of Dignity October 17, 2013

Our World Cannot Stand on Justice Alone November 8, 2014

Religious Sacrifice: Beyond Good and Evil? October 31, 2015

Bully for Sodom November 18, 2016

Chayei Sarah

Open Book: Chayyei Sarah Harvard Hillel, undated

Mishum Eivah and Political Morality November 13, 2009

Murder by Midrash: The Case of the Disappearing Father October 29, 2010

Reverse Kutim? Thoughts on Kashrut, Credibility, and Pluralism November 18, 2011

Piety and Hard Choices, or: Why Yitzchak Could Not Choose His Own Wife November 9, 2012

Can the Powerful Ever Know They Are Truly Loved? Thoughts on Image-Management October 24, 2013

Murder by Midrash November 14-15, 2014

Avraham, Yitzchak and Intermarriage November 7, 2015

What if Avraham Had Lived in America? Thoughts on the Political Implications of Human and Jewish Being November 25, 2016

Toldot

Open Book: Toldot Harvard Hillel, undated

A Flirtation in Egypt November 19, 2009

Can One Be Punished for Doing the Right Thing? November 5, 2010

Moving to Yes: How Yitzchak and Avimelekh moved from Hatred to Covenant November 25, 2011

Let Us Not Be Wholly Undeserving of Our Blessings November 16, 2012

What did Yitzchak know and when did he know that he knew it? November 22, 2014

Peace with Security: Psychopolitical Meditations on Yitzchak's Meditations December 2, 2016

Vayetze

Open Book: Vayetze Harvard Hillel, undated

On the Human "If", or: The Distinctive Tzidkut of Yaakov Avinu November 27, 2009

How Should One Relate to Modes of Torah Interpretation that One Does Not Believe In? November 11, 2010

Why Does Yaakov Get Angry at Rachel, and Is His Anger Justified? December 2, 2011

On the Divine "If", or: The Disadvantages of Tzidkut November 23, 2012

Yaakov, Daydream Believer November 29, 2014

Science, Halakha and the Halakhist's Dilemma November 21, 2015

Dreaming of Puns, Sheepishly December 9, 2016 (Same as "Yaakov, Daydream Believer")

Vayishlach

Was Eisav on His Way to Meet Yaakov When Yaakov's Messengers Met Him, or Did He Set Out in Response to Those Messengers? December 3, 2009

Should Halakhic speech and writing be censored November 19, 2010

When Moral Discourse Breaks Down December 9, 2011

The Liberating Effect of Interpretive Humility November 30, 2012

Dayenu: Would it have been enough? December 6, 2014

A Talmud Test November 28, 2015

Wrestling with the Klingons  December 16, 2016

Vayeshev

Open Book: Vayeshev Harvard Hillel, Undated

Rashbam Vayeshev December 10, 2009

On the Affinity beween Reason and Mysticism November 26, 2010

Sermon Vayeshev November 30, 2010

When Did Yosef Say No to Mrs. Potiphar? December 16, 2011

Is the Road to Redemption Paved with Bad Intentions? Reading Yehudah and Tamar December 6, 2012

Yoseph's Journey Past Shekhem December 13, 2014

She Said/He Said in the Joseph Story, or: Rashomon in Egypt December 5, 2015

A Review of With Might and Strength: An Autobiography by Rabbi Shlomo Goren  December 23, 2016


Miketz

Open Book - Miketz Harvard Hillel, undated

Channukkah Talmud December 18, 2009

Should the Chief Rabbinate Declare Fasts for Rain? December 4, 2010

Should the Torah Be Read Like a Love Letter, or Rather Like a Technical Reader? December 23, 2011

The Challenge of Unexpected Kindness: On Interfaith Dialogue in Light of Judaism's American Experience December 14, 2012

Sense and Sensibilities December 20, 2014

Brain Death and Halakhah: A Footnote with Uncertain Implications December 30, 2016

Vayigash

Open Book - Vayigash Harvard Hillel, Undated

What is the Halakhic Status of the Doctrine of the Trinity? December 25, 2009

Moral Responsibility and Psak Halakhah: The Case of Brain Death December 9, 2010

Affective Religious Rhetoric in Sober Perspective, or: A Shiur on Sermons December 30, 2011

Dignity in Exile and in Redemption December 21, 2012

Yosef Was Not Modern Orthodox, or: The Art of Moral Politics December 6, 2013

Leadership in the Aftermath of Moral Disaster December 27, 2014

Die Another Day? Shakespeare, James Bond and the Rav December 19, 2015

Is Halakhah Always Law? Thoughts About Aggadic Aging, Morality, and Mortality January 6, 2017

Vayechi

Being Orthodox in the Present Requires Taking Responsibility for the Orthodox Past December 31, 2009

Antidisestablishmentarianism: The Next Generation December 17, 2010

Can We Bless People for Choosing the Lesser Evil When the Good is Available? January 6, 2012

Justifying Ambition December 28, 2012

Grave Differences January 3, 2015

Reclaiming Scripture's Evil Tongue December 26, 2015

The Elor Azaria Case: A Halakhic Framework January 13, 2017