Karen Miller-Jackson

Karen Miller Jackson is a Jewish educator from Ra'anana, Israel. Karen teaches at Matan HaSharon, develops content for the virtualjewishacademy.org and also directs "Kivun le'Sherut" a guidance program for religious high school girls before army and national service. She is also a board member of Kolech: The Religious Women's Forum and a member of the JOFA Journal editorial board. She has an MA in Talmud and midrash from NYU.

In parshat Matot God commands bnei Yisrael to wage war against the nation of Midian. Rashi immediately asks the astute question: Why a war of revenge against Midian and not Moav? After all it was Moav who hired Balaam to curse bnei Yisrael, and seduced and provoked bnei...

Not long ago, after her husband’s untimely death, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg described how she got through the difficult sheloshim period. Among other beautiful thoughts, she wrote, “When I hear How are you today? I realize the person knows that the best I can do right now is to get through each day.”

As Yacov is on his way to meet Esav, the Torah describes him crossing the Yabok stream with his two wives, two maidservants and his eleven sons. One person is glaringly missing from this account of Yacov’s family: his one and only daughter, Dinah.