Jacob

Q&A: Loving Esau?

Dec 03, 2020Comments off

Q: How is it that the Torah says that Isaac loved Esau? How could he have loved such an obviously evil person? A: In the

Surviving catastrophe

Oct 19, 20123 Comments

In Parashat Noach, humanity undergoes two great catastrophes. The first is the flood – the holocaust that annihilates all of humanity and all land-life except

Absolute Nothing, Relative Nothing, Intangi...

Aug 09, 20113 Comments

There are two levels of “nothing,” absolute nothing and relative nothing, and two levels of “something,” intangible something and tangible something. Absolute nothing is the

Seeing Inside

Jul 10, 2011No Comments

In Hebrew, the idiom “to see someone’s face” can mean either to appease him or to fight him. After winning the wrestling bout with Esau’s

From Nothing…

Jun 01, 20112 Comments

In Hebrew, the question “where [am I/are you] from?” (מאין) contains the answer. “Where from?” literally reads “from nothing.” The first appearance in the Torah

The Evolution of Where

May 31, 20114 Comments

There are three forms of the question “where?” in Biblical Hebrew. They first appear in the Torah in evolving order, both grammatically and numerically. The first

Who Am I? The Reddishness of King David

May 24, 2011No Comments

King David asked the question “Who am I?” The Bible describes him as “reddish with beautiful eyes and goodly appearance.” Each of us has a

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

Miscellaneous Tweets, Part 2

Feb 24, 2011No Comments

Meditative prayer lifts us up and out of our mundane reality. The early chasidim would meditate an hour, pray an hour, then meditate an additional

Jacob’s Ladder of Evolution

Feb 24, 2011No Comments

In the first account of creation the Torah describes man’s creation ex-nihilo. In the second account the Torah describes man’s formation. The Arizal says that

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