Day Without Fire

Mar 08, 2018Comments off

Parshat VaYakhel opens with the command to keep Shabbat. This command concludes with the injunction: “Do not kindle a fire in any of your dwelling

A Blessed Census

Mar 08, 2018Comments off

Parashat Pekudei deals with constructing the Mishkan (the Tabernacle). It begins by enumerating the weights of the precious metals that the Jewish people donated. By

Connecting “Me” to “My Na...

Feb 22, 2018Comments off

The Tabernacle connects between two levels: “For Me” and “For My Name.” These allude to two paths to serving God For My Name In the

Contributing to the Tabernacle

Feb 15, 2018Comments off

There are two commandments in the opening passage to Parashat Terumah. The first commands the Jewish people to take a contribution, and the second, to

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The Fourth Revolution in Torah Learning

Feb 01, 2018Comments off

Who is the Torah intended for? For Torah scholars? For men? For women? For Jews? Perhaps even for non-Jews? As conservative and stringent as the

Lights and Mitzvot

Feb 01, 2018Comments off

The 613 mitzvot are the only vessels that can contain the great spiritual lights of the Revelation at Mt. Sinai The past few portions of

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Let’s Leave the Straits of Egypt Today

Jan 25, 2018Comments off

The painting is courtesy of the painter Baruch Nachshon – Nachshonart In prayer we experience a daily Exodus from Egypt and burst out in a song

Mishpatim – Living with the Torah’s Wee...

Feb 07, 2018Comments off

Mishpatim: Sunday: The Hebrew Slave Not everyone connects to gematria, the study of the numerical value of Hebrew words. While gematria is one of the

The War of the Reptiles

Jan 19, 2018Comments off

The Zohar on Parashat Bo offers a mysterious and most profound explanation why God told Moses “Come to Pharaoh” instead of “Go to Pharaoh.” In

The Foundations of Maimonides Life and Thou...

Jan 09, 2018Comments off

Following Maimonides’ incredible work, including his Code of Law, the Guide to the Perplexed, and his medical work, we learn about the many faces of