Headlines »

September 24, 2022 – 11:00 pm | 0 views

The days of reckoning are here, and it is time for the loving exam. Most exams are associated with tension and trepidation. Irrespective of how well we know the material, proctors do their best to make it stressful. Fear of failure, fear of getting caught cheating, and fear of falling …

Read the full story »
Parsha Insights

Where Biblical law and Torah tale is brought vividly to life

Concepts

The Jewish perspective on topical and controversial subjects

Life Cycle

Probing for meaning in our journey and its milestones.

Yearly Cycle

Discover depth and mystique in the annual Jewish festivals

Rabbi’s Desk

Seeking life’s lessons in news items and current events

Home » Archive by Category

Articles in Yearly Cycle

Prove It Or Know It

September 17, 2022 – 10:18 pm | 70 views
know-it-innerstream.ca

To prove it or to know it, which is better? Most people would say that being able to prove something is better. Proof is the holy grail. If you have incontrovertible proof, you know it is true. If all you can say is, “I know it is true,” you may …

With G-d’s Help

August 31, 2022 – 5:01 pm | 86 views
With G-d's Help

The Torah tells us to appoint judges and guardians at the gates of our cities. The city’s gathering place was usually at the gates, making it the fitting place for the courthouse and police station. However, Jewish scholarship has long maintained that there is a parallel teaching here. We are …

A Month of Refuge

August 20, 2022 – 10:48 pm | 234 views
refuge-innerstream.ca

Refuge is discussed often in the Torah. When a Jew killed another inadvertently, he was required to flee to a city of refuge, where he was given asylum from the victim’s relatives.  These cities were established throughout the land of Israel to ensure that inadvertent killers had sufficient and easy …

A Shabbat Fast

July 30, 2022 – 11:52 pm | 361 views
fast-innerstream.ca

It is forbidden to fast on Shabbat. In fact, if we fast on Shabbat (even with halachic sanction) we must fast on a different day to atone for fasting on Shabbat. This is why the fast of Tishah Be’av—the ninth of Av, is postponed when it falls on Shabbat —as …

Fasting And Passover

July 16, 2022 – 11:54 pm | 272 views
passover-innerstream.ca

What do the seventeenth of Tamuz, the ninth of Av, and the first day of Passover have in common? They always fall on the same day of the week.
How does that make any sense? The first day of Passover represents the redemption of our ancestors from Egypt that sparked their …

Off The Derech

June 11, 2022 – 11:37 pm | 347 views
off-the-derech-innerstream.ca

Off the derech means literally off the path. It is a common adage in observant circles to describe people who were once observant but had since taken a different path. It is so common that it has its own acronym in our acronym crazed days, OTD. It is not intended …

Shavuot: A Gift of Self

May 28, 2022 – 11:42 pm | 436 views
the chosen people

A gift of self is a thrilling gift. There are many kinds of gifts, but we almost never give away our very selves. We reserve our self exclusively for us. Weddings are the only exception. They are thrilling occasions because bride and groom give each other the gift of self.
Our …

Emor: The Shame Culture

May 7, 2022 – 11:11 pm | 476 views
shame-innerstream.ca

A shame culture is one in which the individual is pressured to conform to the collective. Deviation from cultural norms is punishable by public shaming and ostracism. In a shame culture, people carefully groom their public personas—the image acceptable to the majority. A shame culture operates under the assumption that …