<I>B'ha'alot'cha</I>: The Silver LiningWe find in this week's <I>parsha</I> the sentence: "Arise, <I>HaShem</I>, and let Your enemies be scattered, and let those who hate You flee from before You." Rashi points out: "'And let those who hate You' - These are those who hate Israel...."
Behukotai: The Two Paths...how grand it could all be if...we would have the arrival of our Redemption without
working for it, without repentance, without doing our part. But such is not the way of the Creator of this world, and so we find in this week's parsha, the two paths, the two choices in this world.
Ringin' in That Good ol' Freedom"It's all about freedom". So said President George Bush on his recent tour
to the former Soviet Union...just look at where this freedom of the Bushes of this world has led us... people now, with nothing but time on their hands, will watch an average of some 6 to 8 hours of TV a day, which is perverting and eventually destroying society.
Unmasking the ConfusionThe Talmud asks: "What is Chanukah?" And it then goes on to explain why we celebrate that holiday. Without a doubt, if the Talmud would have been written today, our sages would be asking: "What is <I>Yom HaAtzma'ut</I> (Independence Day)?"
The Poison CupG-d triumphs over the proud, punishing them though the precise vehicle of their arrogance.
The Missing IngredientHow tragic it has all become, as the wandering Jews continue to wander - this time, willingly.
<I>Metzora</I>: Of Houses and HousesThis suffering is needed in order for us, the Jewish people, to make a <I>kinyan</I> (acquisition) of the Land. For what comes easily and at no price, is lost quickly.
<I>Shemini</I>: Walk the LineIn this world, we all must walk that line, placing ourselves on the side of holy or profane, good or evil. Ultimately, it is up to us to make the choice of which side of the line we will be on, but know that in this world, there is no standing still.
Jericho FirstThis week, once again the ancient city of Jericho made headlines in Israel and around the world. "Jericho first" will be given over to Arab control as a sign that once again peace is in the air.
<I>Pekudei</I>: Self-SacrificeTo find out why Bezalel was chosen as the head engineer for building the <I>Mishkan</I>, we must find out who was his grandfather, Hur.
<I>Vayak'hel</I>: Faith in the DarknessWhile the men had given up hope, the women continued the fight, with faith that the redemption would come, no matter how dark or how far off it seemed. It was the copper mirrors that represented this great faith in <I>HaShem</I>, and their spirit not to give in.
<I>Ki Tisa</I>: The QuestionOnce again, the story of the Golden Calf rolls around to haunt us. Once again, the sin that remains with us for all generations - as our rabbis teach us that there is no punishment meted out to the Jewish people that does not contain some punishment for the sin of the Golden Calf - meets us face-to-face.