Holidays and HolinessWhat do the words "mikraei kodesh" , a "calling of holiness" mean when describing the Jewish festivals?
States of Being'Tumah' is connected with death and decay. Such death and decay represents the opposite of holiness and spiritual growth.
The Aleph of RelationshipThe word "Vayikra" ends with an aleph. The way it is written in this week's parsha is a subject for commentators.
Boundaries and ConstraintsFor 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.
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.
Seeing Past the DarknessDivine “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.
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."
Insights into PrayerThis parsha and the last one have several instances of prayer. Can we change G-d's plan through prayer?
Moving ForwardDo we look back at what grieved us or look forward to what we can do?
Preparing to Stand Before G-dAs 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.
Going Forward with JoyThe curses that are mentioned in our portion are not punishments or irrevocable predictions, but they are the state of being resulting from our decisions.
The Fruits of IsraelIn 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.
"You Have Begun"How could Moses say these words to G-d after all the miracles he witnessed?
Mattot Masei - Aliyah JourneysOur 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.
Behar (Israel) Coming HomeThere 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.
The Process of LiberationMost 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.
Behind the MaskParshat Tetsave deals with the priestly clothing, vessels for holiness, but clothing - and words - can disguise intentions. Beged, clothing, has the same root as bagad, deceived.
Shmot: The Courage to LeadTrue leadership must learn to look around at the world and its events with discerning eyes, metaphorically taking its shoes from its feet as Moses did.
Healing a Fractured FamilyA fractured family can only be healed when each member of the family understands that he or she is critical for the welfare of the family.
Ehud Barak and the Hanukkah LightsBarak should look over his shoulder when in his office. There he will see the symbol whose message is: 'Not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit" from the haftorah of Shabbat Hanukkah.
The Ever-Present LadderIn a sense we are all Yaacov. As a result of the mistakes and downturns in our lives, we may feel unworthy. As a result of that sense we can sometimes turn even further away from our G-d and our purpose.
The Hevron KeyAvraham bought this plot of land because he intuitively understood its critical nature. Hevron changes every individual who walks in its midst. There are no masks in Hevron. One cannot pretend in Hevron.
The "Worm of Jacob"The Jews will endeavor to do even the impossible because their beloved G-d asked them to do so.
Noach, Avraham and PrayerWhatis the intrinsic difference between Noah and Abraham? Noah is described as “walking with G-d” but Abraham is said to have “walked before G-d”.
Kohellet - Days of JoyIntrospection on the High Holydays reveals the fissures and the cracks; joy on Sukkot enables the healing and the growth.