Each week, one of our distinguished faculty, mentors, or alumni dedicate themselves to providing you with insightful and inspiring torah commentary. In this section you will find this week's parsha hashavua - weekly torah portion commentary - as well as podcasts, videos and links to other resources for you to explore and enjoy. 


Retraining Our Hearts

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by Rabbi Morris Panitz
posted on April 14, 2021
In AJU’s Miller Introduction to Judaism program, our class about Israel opens with the following question: Given the fact that for most of Jewish history, the majority of the People of Israel has lived in the Diaspora, how did we maintain a connection with the Land of Israel for thousands of years?  Students, many of whom are considering conversion, marvel at the fact that the land their partners or friends have spent perhaps just 10 days visiting, constitutes such a central facet of Jewish identity. Read more...