Right and Left – Parashat Vayera

Nov 03, 2017Comments off

Abraham constantly advanced from intellect to faith until the surprising climax at the Binding of Isaac Parashat Vayera is the second Torah portion that deals

Six Things to Clarify

May 23, 20111 Comment

There are six things that one must clarify: Who am I? Where am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going? Who put

Never Too Late

May 18, 20111 Comment

Never give up. It’s never too late. Apparent irreversible damage is also reversible. Even when it’s all over it’s not over. Life goes on. Maybe

The Heart and Mind of Dealing with Enemies

May 16, 20112 Comments

There are three ways to deal with enemies: surrender, fight, or make peace by neutralizing the root of their animosity. The Ba'al Shem Tov told it

Mitzvah: Close to God

May 10, 2011No Comments

The sign of having done a good deed is feeling close to God. Feeling far, estranged from God is the sign of having done something

Freedom of Speech

Apr 14, 20111 Comment

In Hebrew, the word for Passover, Pesach (פסח), reads Peh Sach (פה סח), "a talking mouth." Pesach celebrates freedom, first and foremost – freedom of

Not a Body

Apr 07, 2011No Comments

One of our basic tenets of faith in God, in the words of Maimonides: “He is not a body and not a power in a

Bittersweet is the Sweetest

Mar 09, 20111 Comment

The Ba’al Shem Tov taught that Amalek (עמלק, 240), Israel’s archenemy, is equal to “doubt” (ספק). No doubt that he is the original skeptic. Amalek

Elisha’s Chaotic Sleep

Mar 09, 20112 Comments

Elisha Ben Avuya was dubbed Acher, “other,” because he left the side of Torah (the side of faith) and went to the “other side” (the

Accepting our Mental Limitations

Mar 03, 20117 Comments

Don’t weaken your mind by trying too hard to understand things that are above your ability to comprehend. Our minds are limited, they function within