Portions Library

A collection of essays on the weekly Torah Portions, from Genesis to Deuteronomy, adapted from Torah Club.

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The Lost Ark

Where is the ark of the covenant? One tradition has it that the ark was hidden in a secret cellar below the chamber of the woodshed where wood for the altar fires were kept. There it remained hidden through the Babylonian destruction, but its location was forgotten. Talmudic lore contains several traditions about the ark.

Torah with an Occupation

The Torah life is not just a life of religious rituals and scripture study. The study of Torah is excellent when it is combined with a worldly occupation because the effort required by both keeps sin out of a person's mind.