Moshe Kempinski

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

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

Dvarim: A Clear Vision

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

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

Hatikva

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

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

The Reed Sea and Yom HaAtzmaut

HaShem's message is clear: Go forward!, 4/26/2009, 10:42 AM

The Cry of Redemption

After crying out, we must act., 4/7/2009, 10:22 PM

The Twilight Hours

This is a very dangerous time., 3/29/2009, 12:22 PM

Eight Souls, Eight Scrolls

In a sea of pain and joy, hope and loss., 2/26/2009, 1:50 AM

A Humbled Leadership

The elections may turn out more positive yet., 2/16/2009, 7:42 PM

Choice and Responsibility

The little picture is in fact "the Big Picture"., 2/9/2009, 1:34 PM

Leadership of a Higher Calling

In a flash, a new spirit began to blossom., 1/23/2009, 1:25 AM

The Power of Dreams

Everything is possible., 12/26/2008, 1:45 AM

Taking the Exile Out of the Jews

This people needs to regain courage and stamina., 12/15/2008, 12:00 AM

Ki Tetzei: The Power of Memory

The essence of Amalek is random happenstance., 9/12/2008, 1:27 AM

Shoftim: A Holy System

The vision that led - and leads - this people., 9/5/2008, 12:11 AM

The Power of Loving-Kindness

Where does one find the real Israel?, 8/27/2008, 2:16 AM

Va'etchanan: See the Good Land

Where all things become intertwined., 8/15/2008, 3:05 AM

Balak: To Hear With Your Eyes

Listen to the melody of destiny., 7/11/2008, 2:45 AM

Miracle or Test

What is the difference between miracle and nature?, 6/30/2008, 2:46 AM

Discernment and Darkness

Seeing the jagged edges of reality., 6/20/2008, 4:26 PM

A Cloud Over Jerusalem Day

An unfettered soul had become my voice., 5/30/2008, 1:48 AM

Moshe Rabbeinu and Yom HaAtzmaut

He wanted to share our joys and troubles., 5/6/2008, 11:24 PM