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Moshe Kempinski

Ehud Barak and the Hanukkah Lights

Barak 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., 12/20/2011, 10:58 AM

Ehud Barak and the Hanukkah Lights

It is dangerous when leadership comes with an “impulsivity issue” combined with arrogance and conceit. , 12/20/2011, 8:59 AM

Hineni - I am Ready!

Hineni/ Here I am is not a simple response in the Tanach, nor in our lives. , 12/14/2011, 3:33 PM

The Ever-Present Ladder

In 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., 12/1/2011, 9:20 AM

Toldot: Sibling Spiritual Rivalry

Esav and Yaacov were not only two brothers, they were to be two conflicting spiritual paths in the unfolding of human history., 11/24/2011, 5:20 PM

The Hevron Key

Avraham 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., 11/17/2011, 7:08 PM

Reb Shlomo and Infinite Possibilities

Reb Shlomo's 17th yahrzeit on Sunday brings back memories for one of Arutz Sheva's veteran Judaism writers., 11/14/2011, 9:02 AM

Miracles and Loving Kindness

Miracles come into being in pre-existing vessels., 11/8/2011, 8:09 AM

The "Worm of Jacob"

The Jews will endeavor to do even the impossible because their beloved G-d asked them to do so. , 11/3/2011, 11:49 AM

Noach, Avraham and Prayer

Whatis 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”., 10/27/2011, 10:31 AM

Kohellet - Days of Joy

Introspection on the High Holydays reveals the fissures and the cracks; joy on Sukkot enables the healing and the growth., 10/11/2011, 8:04 AM

The Covering

Yom Kippur calls forth the potential spark of repentance. It impacts the soul in such a way to empower it to seek repentance., 10/7/2011, 12:23 AM

Nitsavim Vayelech: The Song

In spite of everything, the song was never forgotten. , 9/22/2011, 11:15 AM

Ki Tavo: Joy Amidst the Rebuke

HaShem does not bring difficulties as judgment for judgments sake. They are there to remind and redirect., 9/16/2011, 5:38 PM

The Real Danger of 'September'

Disunity can of itself be very dangerous to this country., 9/9/2011, 1:28 AM

Justice and trees

Judges who are selected must be in a position in which they have no need of the good wishes or gifts of the people they are meant to judge. They must also become emptied of their own personal political view and ideological perspective. Oh, well..., 9/1/2011, 11:00 PM

Re'eh: Use Sight as a Blessing

Open your eyes and look around you and hear the song of creation., 8/26/2011, 3:13 AM

The Universal Yearning

Why would G-d ensure that his messengers repeat this prophecy word for word?, 8/11/2011, 4:24 PM

Dvarim: A Clear Vision

The litany of disasters that befell us on the Ninth of Av is staggering., 8/5/2011, 10:25 AM


A true journey into destiny must be focused on two points. Where we came from and where our destiny lies., 7/28/2011, 6:16 PM

Mattot: The Lure of the Sheep Pens

The lure of physical gratification and achievement has dulled our yearning for Hashem’s Temple and His redemption. , 7/22/2011, 2:04 AM

With All Your Heart

One must serve Hashem with one’s G-dly soul ( nefesh Elokit) as well as with our more selfish animalistic soul ( nefesh behemi). , 7/13/2011, 1:17 PM

Balak: The True Battleground

, 7/8/2011, 3:35 PM

Chukat: The HIgh Price of Anger

Moses was angry and as a result he cried out "Now listen, you rebels,". It is that outburst that brought about the opposite of sanctification. , 6/30/2011, 6:31 AM

The Prayers of Moshe and Samuel

Prayer is really about changing the one praying, not the external situation., 6/23/2011, 11:46 PM

Behalotcha: The Letter Nun

, 6/10/2011, 5:49 AM

Naso: Unique Sameness

Just as there were different offerings, but all rejoiced, each group at the Wall brought their unique character and outlook into prayer but were clearly united in the rejoicing and the dancing., 6/2/2011, 1:54 PM

Counting and Responsibility

The Hebrew word "pakod" means much more than merely counting., 5/27/2011, 1:51 AM

Behar: When You Come to the Land

When we come to the land, we find ourselves..., 5/12/2011, 4:42 PM


Those who sang Hatikva at Bergen-Belsen did not become a people because they lived together, or spoke the same language or even looked alike. They were a people that became a nation because G-d ordained it to be so., 5/5/2011, 1:32 PM

Counting the Omer: From or To

How do you take a person out of slavery and bring him into the spiritually challenging and uplifting experience of the revelation of Sinai?, 4/28/2011, 9:57 PM

Achrei Mot: Towards True Freedom

To truly unlock the gates that enslave us we need to first acknowledge that we are still slaves., 4/14/2011, 1:54 PM

Metzora: Out of Exile

The metzora is taken out of exile as were the Jews. A comparison., 4/7/2011, 9:02 AM

A Divine Act of Lovingkindness

The metzorah phenomenon existed in a time when G-d , in an act of mercy, allowed the physical reality to mirror and reveal impediments in the inner workings of our soul., 3/31/2011, 7:15 PM

Shmini: A Jewish Army's Strength

“Aaron lifted up his hands” and that is the strength of a Jewish Army. , 3/24/2011, 4:57 PM

Gathering the Ashes

Purim which will fall just as the mourners for the Fogel family “stand up” to re-enter life. A life that is a mixture of spiritual fire together with the cold ashes of what was., 3/18/2011, 5:06 PM

Vayikra: Purim's Shrinking Aleph

, 3/10/2011, 12:15 PM

Pekudei: Clouds of G-d's Glory

What is the meaning of the clouds of glory on the Tent of Meeting?, 3/3/2011, 12:17 PM

"Six Days Work Shall be Done"

In this portion, rather than the Ten Commandmant's verse "Six days shall you work", the sentence is in the passive mode. What does this signify?, 2/23/2011, 11:02 AM

True Leaders and Priestly Garb

True leadership must fulfill the criterion symbolized in the Priestly garments and later declared by Moshe himself. , 2/10/2011, 8:51 PM

Teruma: Made of Acacia Wood

What is the point in stressing the use of acacia wood to build the Holy Ark? Why not pure gold like the Menorah?, 2/3/2011, 7:50 PM

Mishpatim: Food as Prayer

The elders of Israel, Esau, the People of Israel are all described as sitting down and eating at some point--but what a difference between the first and the other two! , 1/27/2011, 3:30 PM

Yitro: What Did He Hear?

What caused Yitro to change his entire life?, 1/21/2011, 10:42 AM

Exodus: The Long Voyage

Moses asked the question we have been asking for two thousand years., 12/30/2010, 8:27 AM

Shmot: What's In a Name?

One of G-d's names is revealed in this week's Torah reading. Why that particular one?, 12/23/2010, 12:02 PM

Lessons from the Fire

One can never ascribe with certitude Divine intentions and purpose to dramatic events in our lives, but they can call you to attention and self-searching. , 12/10/2010, 2:16 PM

Rav Eliyahu, the Man of Prayer

The week of the Ninth of Av, tens of thousands will gather to pray at the Wall. This is the story of another prayer gathering. May G-d hear all our prayers., 7/19/2010, 7:11 AM

Does He Think We Are Stupid?

Either Obama thinks that the Israelis are stupid or he is supremely arrogant--or ignorant., 7/13/2010, 12:56 AM

Jerusalem: The Divine Melody

A united Jerusalem is touched by a Divine Hand., 5/10/2010, 10:43 PM

Iyar-A Powerful Month

Rabbi Kook and The Gaon of Vilna zt"l talked of the spiritual potential of this month many years before Israel became a state. The predictions are uncanny., 4/14/2010, 8:09 AM

Yes We Can Be Joyful

We can and should increase joy no matter what. The Jewish People have had many difficult times during the month of Adar, starting with the year of the first Purim., 2/22/2010, 9:38 AM

Taking Jacob's Ladder

We must be empowered like Jacob., 11/29/2009, 9:53 AM

A Berditchever at the Kotel

The so-called "secular majority"., 9/30/2009, 11:15 PM

The Sound of Teshuvah

A needed awareness., 9/24/2009, 1:35 AM

I and My Beloved in Elul

Love means constantly moving towards the beloved., 8/24/2009, 12:43 PM

The New Imposters: J Street

It is usually easy to spot them., 7/17/2009, 1:04 AM

Emor: Sanctifying G-d's Name

Isaiah's "young people" are among us., 5/7/2009, 12:08 AM