Levi Chazen

Balak: The Witching Hour

Trying to prevent a new age for mankind., 7/3/2009, 2:04 AM

Tetzaveh: A Perfect Fit

The High Priest's garments were unlike any other., 3/6/2009, 1:22 AM

Lech Lecha: Hail to the Chief

The Ishmaelite exile at the End of Days., 11/6/2008, 2:15 PM

Hey Noah, Nice Boat

An amazing aspect of human nature., 10/30/2008, 12:23 PM

Nitzavim: The Wait is Over

We have long forgotten what we are waiting for., 9/26/2008, 1:36 AM

Our Visit to Temple

A Bar Mitzvah boy goes to temple., 9/22/2008, 9:15 AM

Re'eh: Ascend the Temple Mount

If only there was a will to do so., 8/29/2008, 3:03 AM

Mas'ei: Thorns at Your Sides

How did all of this come about?, 8/1/2008, 12:36 AM

Matot: False Promises

The power of the human voice., 7/25/2008, 12:42 AM

Pinchas: Which Side Are You On?

With the daughters of Zelofchad or with the spies?, 7/18/2008, 1:58 AM

Chukat: The Divine Water Supply

The water struggle continues to this day., 7/4/2008, 10:03 AM

The Impossible Task

If we try to fix the world, G-d will do his part, 6/6/2008, 10:00 AM

Behukotai: Blessings in the Land

Exile cannot be a blessing., 5/23/2008, 2:47 AM

<I>Kedoshim</I>: The Other Side of the Coin

This is the greatness of Judaism., 5/1/2008, 3:31 AM

Pesach: As Easy as Pie

We seem to be missing the point - the sacrifice., 4/18/2008, 1:41 AM

<i>Metzora</I>: No Pain, No Gain

Jews outside the Land do not have this concern., 4/10/2008, 1:30 PM

<i>Vayak'hel</I>: Work in the Temple on the Day of Rest

When it comes to the Shabbat - all work stops., 2/29/2008, 1:08 AM

The Eleventh Commandment: Thou Shalt Do

TheTorah is a book of commands., 2/15/2008, 1:45 AM

<I>Beshalach</I>: Have to Be in It for the Long Hall

After leaving Egypt, they were heading back., 1/18/2008, 1:03 AM

<I>Vaera</I>: The Final Test is the Hardest

A test during the final stage of the redemption., 1/3/2008, 6:45 PM

<i>Shemot</I>: Brotherly Love

This is the way of the Jewish people., 12/28/2007, 12:43 AM

<I>Vayechi</I>: A Lesson Still Not Learnt

The most obvious answer., 12/20/2007, 8:02 PM

<I>Vayeshev</i>: The Lessons of the Two Mashiachs

All that befell Yosef will befall Zion., 11/29/2007, 4:49 PM

<i>Vayetze</i>: Our Place - Their Place

Rashi enlightens us as to which is our "place." , 11/14/2007, 11:59 PM

<i>Toldot</I>: Brotherly Love (Not!)

The continually unfolding story., 11/7/2007, 3:28 PM

<I>Noach</I>: Got to be in for the Long Haul

Wait until the dust settles., 10/11/2007, 3:51 PM

'Innocents Abroad' Revisited: 1867-2007

The Holy Land was unlike anything that he had seen, 9/6/2007, 5:22 PM

The Ultimate of Sins

A sin for which only the day of death can atone., 8/23/2007, 12:39 PM

<I>Ekev</i>: The Source of All Blessings

The world's sustenance derives from the Temple., 8/2/2007, 12:41 PM

<I>Va'etchanan</I>: What's Bothering Moshe?

We can sympathize with Moshe only too well., 7/27/2007, 1:05 AM

Time to Arise From the Ground

What would our sages tell us today?, 7/23/2007, 10:04 PM

<I>Balak</I>: The Power of the Voice

Coming against us with the power of words., 6/27/2007, 7:09 PM

<i>Shelach</I>: Returning to the Source

No matter how far away a Jew is on his journey..., 6/8/2007, 1:45 AM

<I>Beha'alotecha</I>: A Menorah by Any Name

Still a need for the Jewish people to bring light., 5/31/2007, 1:33 AM

<I>Naso</I>: Clarifying a Temple Mount Issue

We are allowed to go up to certain areas., 5/25/2007, 12:19 AM

<I>Behar</I>: What Will We Eat in the Seventh Year?

No greater test than the test of parnassa. , 5/10/2007, 12:58 AM

<I>Emor</I>: The Right Man for the Job

Each tree must fulfill its purpose in this world., 5/2/2007, 11:44 AM

<i>Mishpatim</I>: Fire on the Mountain

A Jewish slave - is he truly free?, 2/15/2007, 10:08 PM

<I>Beshalach</I>: The Mud and the Blood and the Beer

it was at that grand moment, when the Jewish people were crossing the sea, that some of the Jews began to complain to one another saying: 'Look at this, in Egypt we were stuck in the mud all day making bricks, and here, too, we are stuck in the mud that is in the seabed. We had mud then, and we have mud now!', 2/1/2007, 7:27 PM

Oh, After Midnight

In his hit song, Eric Clapton tells us that after midnight you are going to "let it all hang out." Moshe tells Pharaoh that at ?about midnight,? Hashem will strike down and kill all the firstborn sons of the Egyptians. Now, would it not have been easier for Moshe to tell Pharaoh this would occur at midnight, as opposed to at ?about midnight??, 1/25/2007, 6:48 PM

Understand Well, My Brothers

The Jewish people in Egypt were so embedded in Egyptian culture, that when the redemption came, the great majority were unable to release themselves from it and had to be destroyed., 1/19/2007, 11:52 AM

<I>Shemot</I>: Down in Old Egypt Land - Why?

It was only when the Jewish people gave up any hope of salvation from mankind, and despaired totally of redemption, that they were able to come to an understanding that there is no other power in this world besides <I>HaShem</I>. For it is <I>HaShem</I> who brings down the mighty and raises up the lowly., 1/12/2007, 2:15 AM

<I>Vayechi</I>: Just Not Here!

"Please, if I have found favor in your eyes... do this kindness and truth with me - please do not bury me in Egypt." What was the concern that our forefather Ya'akov had about being buried in Egypt?, 1/5/2007, 10:44 AM

<i>Miketz</i>: Oh, Beautiful...

One does not have to be a rocket scientist to understand and see the future unfolding before us. The world today is so complex that any little jolt in the wrong direction could literally bring the house down., 12/22/2006, 12:18 AM

<I>Noach</I>: Forty Years

In our <I>parsha</I>, we are introduced to the concept of 40 and its link with punishment., 10/26/2006, 2:42 PM

A Lesson From Yom Kippur

Ten years go by, ten High Priests die - you would think someone would have gotten the picture., 10/3/2006, 2:02 PM

<I>Nitzavim-Vayelech</I>: The Unbreakable Bond

Know that nothing is lost before Him. All the beatings, cursings, gassings, and killings that the nations have thrown at us throughout our long exile will not be forgotten...., 9/14/2006, 11:33 AM

<I>Ekev</I>: It's All Written in the Book

There, in the midst of the Jordan, the water - as it disconnected from its source so as to allow the Jews to pass through - began to rise to great heights, towering over the entire Jewish people. It was at that point that Joshua stopped the Jews in their tracks and told them: I have an important message to relay to you all., 8/11/2006, 5:32 AM

Rules of the Game

The Torah tells us: "When you go out to war against your enemy...." And does one ever go out to war against one's friend, such that the Torah needs to tell us that you are going out to war against an enemy?, 7/30/2006, 9:07 PM

<I>Balak</I>: Try as They Might

As the Jewish people began their approach to the Holy Land after being in the desert for forty years, the nations began to sense, both consciously and unconsciously, that the Redemption was at hand. And they all pulled together to try and stop the process. , 7/7/2006, 2:09 AM

<I>Chukat</I>: The Slave Woman

The Canaanite king of Arad heard that Israel had come by the route of the spies, and he warred against Israel and captured a captive from among them. There is nothing new under the sun. , 6/29/2006, 4:37 PM

<I>Korach</I>: Lessons

The rabbis asked: Korach was a wise man and leader. What caused him to rebel against Moshe?, 6/22/2006, 2:23 AM

<I>Shelach Lecha</I>: A Lesson Still Not Learned

When one dwells on the apparently harsh punishment meted out to the ten spies and to the entire congregation, one wonders: Does the punishment really fit the crime?, 6/15/2006, 10:53 PM

Purim 5766 - And Still Going Strong

Some weeks ago, the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, while denying that a Holocaust against the Jews took place during World War II, stated that there was indeed a "holocaust" that took place in Iran some 2,000 years ago, in which the Jews killed thousands of people. , 3/12/2006, 12:43 PM

Still Much Work To Do!

This week?s parsha should put to rest any arguments for the philosophy of sitting around and waiting for the Redemption of the Jewish people. The Torah commands us to build a sanctuary for Hashem, that He may dwell within., 3/2/2006, 11:58 AM

Parshat Mishpatim: In for the Long Haul

As if this weren't enough for one parsha, the Torah goes on to teach us the laws of stolen property and prohibition of deceit. From there, it?s on to laws applying to judges, witnesses, and defendants as well as those of false statements and capital punishment, etc. etc. etc., 2/23/2006, 1:23 PM

Time to climb the Mountain

An entirely different environment with our enemies??? What has the acting PM been smoking in his office? I suggest to the honorable actor that he go down to Gaza City by himself and ask Hamas what kind of a "new environment" he would like to see the Jewish people in!, 2/16/2006, 9:18 PM