Post Independence Day Musings: The Mountains of IsraelThere were so many Jews who yearned for the gifts we have received from Hashem.
Last in CreationLast to be created, but the only one with the power of speech.
Matza , Bread and Life ChoicesWhy use the very ingredients for baking matza, that if used incorrectly, would invalidate it?
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.
Facing Amalek in Our TimeBenjamin never did and never would bow down to Esau.
The Clothes We WearToo much effort is placed in how one is supposed to look and sound, rather than what one needs to be.
Ten Years: Memorial to Adir Zik, Media LegendIsrael 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.
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.
The Names of Moses' ChildrenThe names reveal Moses' spiritual state at the time.
Gratitude after the Splitting of the SeaYes, He is in our midst.
The Headlines are Simply MaddeningTalk of hardened hearts...
He Who Grants Peace from AboveIn Memoriam.
Sixty Years of SilenceWhat did Moses do during the 60 years in he spent in Midian?
Growing up in Pharaoh’s PalaceWhat made Jacob single out Joseph's sons?
Vayigash is About ApproachingMan has the power to choose whether to "approach" or ignore.
BrothersThe animosity between brothers - and political parties - can prevent proper decision making on the larger issues.
Climb Every Rung of the LadderThe Heavenly ladder in Jacob's dream had two mesages.
Esau and Ishmael: Feet of Iron and ClayThere seems to be no limit to the venom produced by the union of the 'legs of iron' and the 'feet of iron and clay', the symbols for Esau and Ishmael in biblical prophecy.
A Place of RestThe purchase in Hevron taught two lessons.
Be Strengthened, TogetherCaring for the weak among us.
A Divinely Inspired JourneyThat call of “Lech Lecha” is still being heard in the heavens.
Tikkun OlamIt took ten generations for G-d's purpose to be clear.
From the Infinite to the FiniteThe focus on the small details and the minor blemishes of the Four Species are the ribbon on the gift to Hashem. They are the wrapping paper.
Entering the Inner ChamberOnce experienced, we will never be the same.
The King is in the FieldOn the High Holydays, G-d comes down to the people, like a king going to meet his subjects. This is the time to find Him.
Happiness and Gladness of HeartMiracles are occurring around us and yet we are stymied by the challenges of the present.
Go in Strength, Go TogetherThe Talmud describes the situation today, after the war, before the Messiah.
Re'eh: Difficult Choices When None of the Rules ApplyWe are faced with a need for perseverance on a long road.
Hashem, your G-d, Goes Before You. Do Not FearThis is the period when the spies toured the land, going through the Eshkol region.
Dror Hanin: A Spiritual WarriorMidian attacked the Jews spiritually, not just physically. Dror Hanin was an example of Jewish spirituality.
The Mothers of IsraelThere are really 40,000 families being called up for duty.
Gathering Tears in a FlaskG-d's flask holds the tears of Israel.
The Redemption of UnityRedemption requires unity. We have seen the people of this land and many others across the world, coming together in prayer, concern and solidarity.
Shlach: The Power of the LandThe secret of this land of Israel, that Hashem describes as being His land, is that it fills one with a different spirit. It empowers one with a spirit of courage, destiny and purpose.
The Wilderness and JerusalemWe have come out of the desert to Jerusalem, our destiny as G-d's people.
Blessings Depend on PerceptionHaving a sense of walking within G-d’s purpose and destiny brings about an awareness of G-d’s Presence in all that one sees and experiences, including blessings.
Speaking SoftlyG-d uses the verb for speaking softly in this week's reading. He knows the sacrifices we have made.
The Metzora Who RepentedIn our dealings with others and with ourselves we must never deny the possibility of positive change and growth.
Therapeutic MalaiseThe significance of the Tzoraat phenomenon.
Experiencing G-d's GloryWhat does G-d's Glory imply?
Faithful PatienceIt is not easy to wait, but it is our challenge.
Healing the Rift: The Draft Law and PikudeiElsewhere in the world Haredi individuals function as doctors lawyers and businessmen, while in Israel that became illegal.
Assembling the PeopleA country wherein only part of the people are connected to the spiritual destiny while the other part can only relate to the physical development and protection of the state will remain forever divided.
Prize-Winning Singer Ariel Silber: Alone on the WagonA popular singer who loves his country and its people is penalized because of his rightist political views. Not in Europe, but in Israel.
Letting G-d InFinding Him everywhere.
The Physical and the SpiritualThere is a feeling that this is the generation where those conflicts will finally need to be resolved and brought into repair.
The Lessons of the Red SeaThere are many apt comparisons to today in the crossing of the Red Sea.
We Should Be AshamedIt was at great risk that the Israelites took a lamb on the tenth of the first month and sacrificed it as a Passover sacrifice on the eve of their exodus. And we?
The Plagues and the Land of IsraelThe plagues teach something basic about the Land of Israel.
Eternal Perspectives in the ParshaIn the land of Israel one has to be very sensitive to a higher and deeper subtext.
The New HellenistsThe battle against the seduction of assimilation into the sea of political correctness continues throughout our history. Hanukkah is about a spiritual war between brothers over two world views.
Isaac's BlindnessNot only Isaac was blind.
Making the Days CountImportant lessons in our individual walk of faith through life.
Replacing YitzchakReplacement theology has early roots.
Changing NamesWhat does a name signify? And a name change? Close reading of the text of this week's portion adds another dimension.