Moshe Kempinski

We Should Be Ashamed

It 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?, 1/2/2014, 2:50 PM

The Plagues and the Land of Israel

The plagues teach something basic about the Land of Israel., 12/26/2013, 4:04 PM

Eternal Perspectives in the Parsha

In the land of Israel one has to be very sensitive to a higher and deeper subtext., 12/12/2013, 10:50 AM

The New Hellenists

The 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., 12/1/2013, 5:51 AM

Isaac's Blindness

Not only Isaac was blind., 10/31/2013, 7:57 AM

Making the Days Count

Important lessons in our individual walk of faith through life., 10/24/2013, 8:59 AM

Replacing Yitzchak

Replacement theology has early roots., 10/20/2013, 6:06 AM

Changing Names

What does a name signify? And a name change? Close reading of the text of this week's portion adds another dimension., 10/10/2013, 10:32 AM

Choosing G-d

At the deepest level, man is the language of G-d., 9/12/2013, 10:45 PM

The Shofar Blasts for Us

We hear the shofar each day in the month of Elul, but on Rosh Hashanah it is a central theme., 8/29/2013, 10:26 AM

Consolation within Rebuke

, 8/22/2013, 7:51 AM

Being "Wholehearted" An Elul Message

What does "tamim" mean?, 8/12/2013, 7:19 AM

Seeing and Hearing

We need both to have full vision., 8/1/2013, 9:01 AM

Depending on Miracles

What is the place of miracles?, 7/25/2013, 9:30 PM

"Pray, Let Me Cross Over"

Crossing over the Jordan has symbolic meaning., 7/18/2013, 12:12 AM

Diminished Leadership

We can perhaps understand that when Moshe is explaining that he is not entering the land of Israel on account of the spies, he is speaking in very general terms about his failure as a leader., 7/12/2013, 12:00 PM

Teshuva Guidelines in the Story of Korach

Teshuva, repentance, is not about denying one’s passion and zeal it is about directing it heavenward., 6/6/2013, 10:09 AM

The Spies and the Tchellet Color

Distinguishing betweeen tchellet (the blue color of the fringes) and white., 5/30/2013, 7:38 AM

Becoming a Lamplighter

What we can learn from the first lamplighter., 5/23/2013, 10:21 AM

The Lessons of the Wilderness

Why we read Bamidbar before Shavuot., 5/9/2013, 10:08 AM

"For the Land Belongs to Me"

What the deeper meaning of "Ani" in the parsha is according to the Modzitzer Rebbe, zts"l., 5/3/2013, 11:41 AM

Holidays and Holiness

What do the words "mikraei kodesh" , a "calling of holiness" mean when describing the Jewish festivals?, 4/25/2013, 8:49 AM

The Parsha: Achieving Holiness

Fear, awe, love of G-d, as we feel closer we realize just how far away we are., 4/18/2013, 9:30 AM

States of Being

'Tumah' is connected with death and decay. Such death and decay represents the opposite of holiness and spiritual growth., 4/11/2013, 10:50 AM

Aharon and The Clouds of Glory

G-d always accepts a broken heart. , 4/4/2013, 8:11 PM

Chametz and Idolatry

Should mortals, like yeast bacteria do to dough, tamper with the world?, 3/21/2013, 6:56 PM

The Aleph of Relationship

The word "Vayikra" ends with an aleph. The way it is written in this week's parsha is a subject for commentators., 3/13/2013, 11:19 PM

True Leadership: For Such a Time as This

Purim, Shabbat Zachor and Parshat Tetsaveh: Esther and Aaron teach us about leadership., 2/20/2013, 12:00 PM

Mishpatim:The Clouds

What does G-d being in a cloud signify?, 2/7/2013, 5:54 PM

Boundaries and Constraints

For a people or an individual to truly walk forward into destiny and purpose. they need to find and discover inner reservoirs of strength and fortitude. A post-election parsha message., 1/24/2013, 8:04 AM

Israeli Elections and Free Choice in Parshat Bo

Pharaoh's free choice was limited in some way - or wasn't it? Is ours?, 1/17/2013, 11:27 AM

Galut and Hitgalut, Exile and Revelation

Exile becomes a tool of revelation.How does this occur? , 1/10/2013, 9:39 AM

May We Be Strengthened!

Three generations walking forward into what may prove to be an uneasy future, but equipped with a strong and unshakeable faith. , 12/27/2012, 5:05 PM

Yaakov Becomes Israel

Why do both names continue to appear in the Torah?, 12/20/2012, 12:06 PM

Seeing Past the Darkness

Divine “hiding” is more than a response to man’s actions in this world. It is a critical and vital step in the plan for the fashioning of mankind’s purpose., 12/13/2012, 8:36 AM

Spiritual Subtext for Israel's Leaders

It is not only being ready to lead that counts., 12/6/2012, 9:42 AM

The Fear of Being Alone

, 11/30/2012, 1:02 AM

Vayetze: Going Out

"And behold, I am with you, and I will guard you wherever you go, and I will restore you to this land, for I will not forsake you until I have done what I have spoken concerning you.", 11/22/2012, 4:48 PM

Insights into Prayer

This parsha and the last one have several instances of prayer. Can we change G-d's plan through prayer?, 11/15/2012, 2:05 PM

Obedience and Loving Kindness in the Parsha

These are the building blocks of Divine revelation., 11/1/2012, 9:27 AM

Lech Lecha: Lighting the Darkness

, 10/25/2012, 8:47 AM

Life, Death - and the Flood

Why does G-d announce man's lifespan?, 10/19/2012, 9:24 AM

The Language of Rain

Why is the rain's message only accessible in Israel? , 10/11/2012, 9:47 AM

Haazinu and Sukkot: Fruits of Prophecy

The fruits that you eat in the sukkah, if they come from Israel, have special significance., 9/27/2012, 4:01 PM

Preparing to Stand Before G-d

As we prepare to stand before G-d on Rosh Hashannah, we read how the Israelites stood before G-d - all of them on that day., 9/13/2012, 11:44 PM

Going Forward with Joy

The curses that are mentioned in our portion are not punishments or irrevocable predictions, but they are the state of being resulting from our decisions., 9/6/2012, 12:35 PM

A Reading that Begins and Ends With War

When you go out to war, Ki Tetse., 8/30/2012, 11:05 AM

The Fruits of Israel

In Israel, the very fruits carry a Divine message. They declare the return of the experience of Kvod haShem (G-d's Glory), symbolized by the fruits and blossoms of the land. , 8/9/2012, 10:09 AM

"You Have Begun"

How could Moses say these words to G-d after all the miracles he witnessed?, 8/2/2012, 9:10 AM

Shabbat Hazon: One Thing I Request

The "Sabbath of Vision" precedes the fast of the NInth of Av., 7/26/2012, 12:56 PM

Mattot Masei - Aliyah Journeys

Our pwm destinations in lfie as individuals and as a people are never happenstance. They are always directed to a purpose and destiny. In every move in our lives we are “sent”, as the Chldren of Israel were. , 7/20/2012, 2:56 AM

The Spies, Korach and the Magen David

What is it that made the spies wish to remain in the desert?, 6/22/2012, 5:54 AM

The Need to Yearn

This week's reading shows that the distress and yearning of mortals can prompt and/or reveal heavenly direction., 6/7/2012, 11:14 AM

The Nazir's Vow

, 5/30/2012, 1:49 PM

Behar (Israel) Coming Home

There is a deep connection between the revelation at Mount Sinai and the land of Israel. The entering into the latter seems to be a fulfillment of the experience of the former. , 5/10/2012, 11:29 AM

To the Red Sea

When were the Israelites truly liberated?, 4/6/2012, 3:58 PM

The Process of Liberation

Most of us do not realize that in fact we are all still slaves. Every individual continues to be enslaved in their own spiritual and physical Egypt. Each of us are imprisoned in our little boxes of ideology and doctrinaire thinking. , 3/29/2012, 10:40 PM