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.
The CoveringYom Kippur calls forth the potential spark of repentance. It impacts the soul in such a way to empower it to seek repentance.
Justice and treesJudges 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.
JourneysA true journey into destiny must be focused on two points. Where we came from and where our destiny lies.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
"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?
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!
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.
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.