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”.
The CoveringYom Kippur calls forth the potential spark of repentance. It impacts the soul in such a way to empower it to seek repentance.
Nitsavim Vayelech: The SongIn spite of everything, the song was never forgotten.
Dvarim: A Clear VisionThe litany of disasters that befell us on the Ninth of Av is staggering.
With All Your HeartOne must serve Hashem with one’s G-dly soul ( nefesh Elokit) as well as with our more selfish animalistic soul ( nefesh behemi).
Chukat: The HIgh Price of AngerMoses was angry and as a result he cried out "Now listen, you rebels,". It is that outburst that brought about the opposite of sanctification.
The Prayers of Moshe and SamuelPrayer is really about changing the one praying, not the external situation.
Naso: Unique SamenessJust 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.
Counting and ResponsibilityThe Hebrew word "pakod" means much more than merely counting.
Behar: When You Come to the LandWhen we come to the land, we find ourselves...
HatikvaThose 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.
Counting the Omer: From or ToHow do you take a person out of slavery and bring him into the spiritually challenging and uplifting experience of the revelation of Sinai?
Achrei Mot: Towards True FreedomTo truly unlock the gates that enslave us we need to first acknowledge that we are still slaves.
Metzora: Out of ExileThe metzora is taken out of exile as were the Jews. A comparison.
A Divine Act of LovingkindnessThe 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.
Shmini: A Jewish Army's Strength“Aaron lifted up his hands” and that is the strength of a Jewish Army.
Gathering the AshesPurim 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.
Pekudei: Clouds of G-d's GloryWhat is the meaning of the clouds of glory on the Tent of Meeting?
"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?
True Leaders and Priestly GarbTrue leadership must fulfill the criterion symbolized in the Priestly garments and later declared by Moshe himself.
Teruma: Made of Acacia WoodWhat is the point in stressing the use of acacia wood to build the Holy Ark? Why not pure gold like the Menorah?
Mishpatim: Food as PrayerThe 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!
Yitro: What Did He Hear?What caused Yitro to change his entire life?
Exodus: The Long VoyageMoses asked the question we have been asking for two thousand years.
Shmot: What's In a Name?One of G-d's names is revealed in this week's Torah reading. Why that particular one?
Lessons from the FireOne 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.
Rav Eliyahu, the Man of PrayerThe 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.
Does He Think We Are Stupid?Either Obama thinks that the Israelis are stupid or he is supremely arrogant--or ignorant.
Jerusalem: The Divine MelodyA united Jerusalem is touched by a Divine Hand.
Iyar-A Powerful MonthRabbi 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.
Yes We Can Be JoyfulWe 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.
Taking Jacob's LadderWe must be empowered like Jacob.
A Berditchever at the KotelThe so-called "secular majority".
The Sound of TeshuvahA needed awareness.
I and My Beloved in ElulLove means constantly moving towards the beloved.
The New Imposters: J StreetIt is usually easy to spot them.
Emor: Sanctifying G-d's NameIsaiah's "young people" are among us.
The Reed Sea and Yom HaAtzmautHaShem's message is clear: Go forward!
The Cry of RedemptionAfter crying out, we must act.
The Twilight HoursThis is a very dangerous time.
Eight Souls, Eight ScrollsIn a sea of pain and joy, hope and loss.
A Humbled LeadershipThe elections may turn out more positive yet.
Choice and ResponsibilityThe little picture is in fact "the Big Picture".
Leadership of a Higher CallingIn a flash, a new spirit began to blossom.
The Power of DreamsEverything is possible.
Taking the Exile Out of the JewsThis people needs to regain courage and stamina.
Ki Tetzei: The Power of MemoryThe essence of Amalek is random happenstance.
Shoftim: A Holy SystemThe vision that led - and leads - this people.
The Power of Loving-KindnessWhere does one find the real Israel?
Va'etchanan: See the Good LandWhere all things become intertwined.
Balak: To Hear With Your EyesListen to the melody of destiny.
Miracle or TestWhat is the difference between miracle and nature?
Discernment and DarknessSeeing the jagged edges of reality.
A Cloud Over Jerusalem DayAn unfettered soul had become my voice.