Blog Posts

The All-Encompassing South

Feb 19, 2014No Comments

In some of our previous articles this year (5774), we offered a few two-word phrases that carry the initials ע”ד (that have a numerical value

Containing the lights

Feb 19, 2014No Comments

When the Jewish people in its entirety stood beneath Mt.Sinai to receive the Torah, they experienced a miracle greater than the exodus from Egypt and

Five Revelations of Light

Feb 19, 2014No Comments

The five revelations of light that Moses received in his vision correspond to five Divine revelations that became potently manifest in the secret of the

Mishpatim: Jewish law and the secret of the...

Feb 19, 2014No Comments

Parashat Mishpatim jumps straight into the deep end of Jewish law―the laws of servants, damages, guardians and many others. In the previous parashah we read about the unique

Parashat Terumah: Contributing to the Taber...

Feb 19, 2014No Comments

Parashat Terumah begins with the commandment, “You shall take for Me a contribution…” This verse can actually be seen as a heading for all the coming parashot through

Parashat Ki tisa: Understanding the sin of ...

Feb 19, 2014No Comments

The sin of the Golden Calf divides Parashat Ki Tisa into two parts – before the sin and after it. At first glance, it seems that the

Making the right diagnosis

Feb 19, 2014No Comments

In the parashot of Tazria-Metzora we learn about the disease of tzara’at (Biblical leprosy) and how the individual suffering from it is purified. Although nowadays we have no way to actively

The Torah’s greatest principle: Love your...

Feb 19, 2014No Comments

Rabbi Akiva said, “Love your fellow as yourself” is a great principle of the Torah. A similar principle is gleaned from the famous story of

Sanctifying God’s Name

Feb 19, 2014No Comments

In Parashat Emor we are commanded, “Do not desecrate My Holy Name, and I shall be sanctified within the Children of Israel.” These two mitzvot (commandments), desecrating God’s Name

Counting time – Sabbatical Year

Feb 19, 2014No Comments

The mitzvot of shmitah (the sabbatical year; pl. shmitot) and yovel (the Jubilee year) are enumerated in Parashat Behar where we learn that every seventh year is a shmitah year and the year following every seven shmitah cycles is