Sarah and Hagar: Lapse in Sensitivity?God heard Hagar’s cries and blessed her with a son who would avenge the hurt she felt, and to this day we, the descendents of Avraham and Sarah, are still suffering from this lapse in sensitivity.
Learning from Lavan: The SederLavan tried to uproot everything that Yaakov and his family were meant to represent and achieve, but he did it clandestinely.
Purim: Accentuating the AcceptanceThe decree of death which had been suspended at Sinai but was reinstituted with the sin of the golden calf will again be suspended for good in future time, when the crowns will again be conferred on Bnei Yisroel.
Fantastic FrogsThe frogs croaked an important message toward the end of our enslavement in Egypt, a message that is equally valid today - read it below.
Vayechi: Living LifeHe taught us that there is a big picture to life, even if he could not show us that picture.
Yoseph and Yavan: Egypt and GreeceOil always remains separate; it always retains its essence. The crux of the war with the Greeks was much more than political. The Greeks wanted us to lose our essence and become intermingled with them.
Soul Searching in VayeshevYosef seeking his brothers, meeting the angel, the selling and slavery was divinely ordained, with deeper levels of meaning. But if so, If everything was already Divinely ordained, how can the twelve tribes be faulted for their actions?
Tumultuous Trembling: ToldotHow much of the time we devote to various things in our lives is the result of erroneous assumptions? Yitzchak trembled for us all.
Vayeira: Mockery ManifestedWe must be careful of our speech lest we speak mockingly and disparagingly of others, especially in front of our children.
Symbiotic Song: NitsavimSinging the personal Torah song and internalizing it protects us, for who would come forth to accuse the sons of the King of wrongdoing.
Mattot: The Final ActWar against the Midianites can be seen as Moshe’s final command from Hashem or from the perspective of Bnei Yisroel’s battle
Pinchas: Point of PerpetuityWe must never become depressed when we fall, but use the opportunity to repair our actions and thoughts so they are again in sync with our spiritual core.
Balak: Intended IntentionsAction itself, irrespective of the thought process, creates a spiritual reality and energy that reverberates through the ages. This is true in other spheres as well.
Freedom from Self to SelfIf this is the time of our freedom, how come we still find ourselves in galut, in the long and protracted exile of Edom, Rome?
Zachor: Eradicating AmalekL’iluy nishmot bnei mishpachat Fogel shenishchitu al Kiddush Hashem, HY”D. In memory of the Fogel family, who sanctified G-d's name.
Tetsave: Secret of the SpiceParshat Tetzaveh concludes with instructions for building the golden altar upon which Aharon will raise up the incense offering to Hashem. Why at the end?
Brick: Burden and BuoyancyBricks were not simply straw and clay, but had inestimable value, for they were the jewels embedded into the soul of every Jew.
Yitro: Altar AccentuationBuilding an altar to worship Hashem is a means of attempting to perpetuate the Sinai experience, to maintain the intimate relationship with Hakodosh Boruch Hu, but how do the specific instructions aid in achieving this goal?
Bo: Midnight MindfulnessPrecisely at midnight Hashem Himself, in all His glory and omnipotence, descended and smote the Egyptian firstborn while all the children of Israel, including Moshe and Aaron, were ensconced in their homes eating the Pascal lamb.
The Matriarch Rachel's GraveThis week, 11 Cheshvan, is the date on which our Matriarch Rachel died. Thousands pray at her grave on the road near Bethlehem every year.
Passover Wine and WheatRabbi Nachman of Bretzlav: the difference between matza and bread is the air that bread contains, making it swell. Matza represents humility.
Wine can cloud discernment between right and wrong. Havdalah and the Seder cups correct this.