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Moshe Kempinski

Why incense?

What power did the incense have?, 7/4/2016, 10:43 AM

The courage to break through

"The complacency of the fools (Shalvat Kesillimi) shall cause them to perish" ( Proverbs 1:32)., 6/26/2016, 8:31 AM

The wilderness and Jerusalem Day

From within the stillness and quietude of the wilderness much is heard. , 6/3/2016, 6:04 PM

Bechukotai (Israel): Purposeful walking

The verb "walking" appears in various places., 5/26/2016, 12:23 PM

Like a mountain

The public nature of the revelation at Sinai is an important feature of our belief., 5/19/2016, 8:57 PM

"This is the day Hashem fashioned, we shall sing and rejoice thereon"

The blossoming of destiny tells the Jews to "come home!", 5/11/2016, 7:02 PM

The joy of the promise

What keeps the Jewish people vibrant and hopeful throughout the ages?, 4/25/2016, 7:02 PM

Humble and strong

The true meaning of humility., 4/14/2016, 10:38 AM

A guide to the malady that heals

Another level of understanding when it comes to slander., 4/8/2016, 2:27 PM

Broken and whole

Why are we those who "know" teruah?, 4/1/2016, 5:51 PM

Coming close

There are times we need to be empowered to break away from the “ashes” of the past in order to achieve greater and newer things., 3/28/2016, 9:31 AM

Hearing the call

A developing process of revelation., 3/18/2016, 10:02 AM

A Bell and a Pomegranate

Why did the High Priest have bells and pomegranates at the hem of his robes?, 3/11/2016, 4:18 PM

The wise-hearted who built the Tabernacle

What characterized those who came to help build the Tabernacle?, 3/4/2016, 4:50 PM

Empty Spaces

If one loses the ability or the desire to see Hashem working within and without one’s lives, the space becomes void and empty., 2/25/2016, 8:14 AM

On the wings of an eagle

The reason for the comparison is threefold., 1/29/2016, 3:04 PM

The Nachshon Model

Who has enough faith to take the first step?, 1/25/2016, 7:06 AM

Preparing for the journey

Why is Moshe talking about sheep and cattle?, 1/14/2016, 8:49 AM

The process of redemption

Four steps, each important., 1/8/2016, 12:01 PM

What's in a name?

, 1/1/2016, 12:32 PM

Emotional Turmoil

An emotionally incisive look at the reasons Joseph did not contact his father earlier., 12/18/2015, 8:46 AM

To own up is to grow

We need to acknowledge the source of our strength and stand firm on our ideals while admitting our errors. In so doing we will achieve our ultimate purpose., 12/6/2015, 4:54 AM

The Hand of Esau

One cannot be understanding of evil because in the end that evil will overwhelm the good-hearted., 11/26/2015, 9:09 AM

Bands of angels

The language of the angels of Israel., 11/20/2015, 11:16 AM

A Parent's Love

Why Isaac loved Esau and Rebecca loved Jacob.., 11/15/2015, 10:28 PM

"Being" a blessing

Explaining an unusual construct in this week's Torah reading., 10/29/2015, 5:20 AM

Beyond the stars

G-d is telling us to look beyond fate with the eyes of faith., 10/22/2015, 8:40 AM

Shortcuts

G-d showed us that we must concentrate on the process not just the goal., 10/8/2015, 7:23 AM

Entering the Sukkah with Body and Soul

After the Yom Kippur fast, we return home and eat something to replenish our bodies. Yet our souls yearn for more., 9/27/2015, 7:10 AM

Nitzavim: Standing Here on this Day

We are all standing upright with the readiness and anticipation to move forward. , 9/10/2015, 12:29 PM

Ki Tavo: You Shall Rejoice

How can we not rejoice with all the gifts bestowed by Hashem to our people?, 9/3/2015, 9:40 AM

Ki Tetze: Long Days and Long Years

What does this expression in the Torah mean?, 8/27/2015, 8:38 AM

Does G-d Love Us? For the New Month of Elul

Why is that important?, 8/13/2015, 10:48 AM

Let Me Go Over and See the Good Land

Those of us who have made Aliyah have been able to do what Moses begged to be allowed to do., 7/31/2015, 10:11 AM

Unholy Words

Those imprisoned by their evil desires will profane their power of speech with relative ease. , 7/17/2015, 10:11 AM

Seizing Destiny

Pinchas sets an example., 7/10/2015, 3:46 PM

Spiritual Battles: Parshat Balak as a Model

Esau and most of his descendants including Amalek will do everything to destroy or replace Jacob. Ishmael and his descendants set out to do the same., 7/2/2015, 9:58 AM

Chukat: The Poison Known as Anger

When Moshe lost his patience., 6/25/2015, 9:19 AM

The Spies: Those Who Will Not See

We have been told by our sages that the sin of the spies, the sin of cynical small-minded perception, will plague our people throughout human history., 6/11/2015, 10:27 AM

Becoming Vessels

A myriad of unique vessels., 5/27/2015, 2:30 PM

Trusting G-d

The lesson of Shmitta., 5/7/2015, 9:50 AM

Post Independence Day Musings: The Mountains of Israel

There were so many Jews who yearned for the gifts we have received from Hashem., 4/26/2015, 8:03 AM

Last in Creation

Last to be created, but the only one with the power of speech., 4/16/2015, 7:01 AM

Matza , Bread and Life Choices

Why use the very ingredients for baking matza, that if used incorrectly, would invalidate it?, 4/5/2015, 10:16 AM

Making Room for the “Aleph”

If Netanyahu begins to believe that it was his talents and wisdom that led to his success, without appreciating the Divine hand of destiny then he will find himself at odds with the voters again., 3/19/2015, 12:01 PM

The Art of Doing

When the people are involved in the creative work of building the tabernacle, they are in essence creating a vessel for G-d’s perceived Presence in the physical realm, a spiritual oasis in space., 3/13/2015, 1:31 PM

Facing Amalek in Our Time

Benjamin never did and never would bow down to Esau., 3/4/2015, 10:09 PM

The Clothes We Wear

Too much effort is placed in how one is supposed to look and sound, rather than what one needs to be., 2/26/2015, 7:33 AM

Silenced Voices

, 2/21/2015, 9:45 PM

Ten Years: Memorial to Adir Zik, Media Legend

Israel mourns two brilliant religious Zionist publicists, Uri Elitzur and MK Uri Orbach, both of whom died recently. Sadly, this week a memorial was held for another legendary religious Zionist media figure, Adir Zik, who died ten years ago., 2/18/2015, 5:47 AM

Torah Insights for Today: What Should Israel's PM Do?

The parsha talks about slavery. Far from being a thing of the past, in our days “political correctness and relativism” have become the new mortal slave masters. , 2/13/2015, 11:19 AM

The Names of Moses' Children

The names reveal Moses' spiritual state at the time., 2/5/2015, 9:06 AM

Gratitude after the Splitting of the Sea

Yes, He is in our midst., 1/29/2015, 8:17 AM

The Headlines are Simply Maddening

Talk of hardened hearts..., 1/25/2015, 3:07 PM

He Who Grants Peace from Above

In Memoriam., 1/15/2015, 10:45 AM