Liel Leibovitz

Liel Leibovitz

Liel Leibovitz is a senior writer for Tablet Magazine, a daily online publication of Jewish life and culture. A native of Tel Aviv, he served as a non-commissioned officer in the Israeli army before moving to New York in 1999. Liel holds a Ph.D. in communications from Columbia University, and is an assistant professor of communications at NYU, specializing in the technological and cultural aspects of video games and digital media. He has authored four books, including, most recently, The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel, and the Ordeals of Divine Election (with Todd Gitlin).

Vaera

Parashat Vaera recounts the first seven of the ten plagues that devastated the Land of Egypt, wreaking havoc on its water source, its cattle, its people and the land itself. Indeed, the plagues described in this week’s parashah closely mirror many plagues that affect our world today, from pollution of land and water to public health crises to natural disasters—many of which are related to global climate change. By taking a close look at exactly who was affected by the biblical plagues we can shed light on this pressing contemporary environmental issue—who it harms, who is responsible and how we can mitigate its impact.

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Vayera

Even in a book as rich with astonishing moments as Genesis, Parashat Vayera is hard to top. At its heart is a story of a man wrestling with God, literally and with grave consequences: from their struggle, the very notion of moral behavior is born, as well as the spirit that propels each of us into action for the common good.

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Terumah

It’s hard to read Parshat Terumah and not think of the economic catastrophe of recent years. That crisis, after all, was brought about largely due to unhealthy mortgage practices that allowed individuals without much capital to buy houses well beyond their means. And here, as the story begins, are the Israelites, acting like the most …Read More

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Vaera

For most of us, land is an abstraction. Growing up in cities and towns, we feel the earth only in tiny backyards or small neighborhood parks, or when, once or twice a year, we make an effort to seek out nature for a day or two of camping and hiking. We have smartphone apps to …Read More

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Vayishlach

Parshat Vayishlach marks the conclusion of the bitter feud between Jacob and Esau. After much anxiety and one long night’s journey into transcendence during which Jacob wrestles with an angel representing his brother’s spirit,[1] the two estranged siblings meet, hug and go their separate ways. It’s far from a Hollywood ending: Penitent and fearful, Jacob …Read More

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Vayera

Even in a book as rich with astonishing moments as Genesis, Parshat Vayera is hard to top. At its heart is a story of a man wrestling with God, with grave consequences: from their struggle, the very notion of moral behavior is born, as well as the spirit that propels each of us into action …Read More

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