Weekly Torah Study: Terumah
Where is the Ark of the Covenant?
Where is the Ark of the Covenant?
Which has permanent reality?
Nothing says Ego like Korach. So full of obstinance and pride, Korach nearly dragged the entire nation of Israel down with hi
Why is Hevron considered one of the four holy cities in Eretz Yisrael?
Insights from the story of Cain and Abel.
Historically, Jews are able to trust in God, no matter what is occurring.
Has modern man really stopped believing in powerful forces acting as gods?
Weekly Torah study - Justice and atonement.
Weekly Torah Study: Pinchas.
The inexorable march of time is the thread running through the parasha.
Weekly Torah Study: Korach.
The prescribed process for dealing with a suspected Sotah are hard to comprehend.
What does it mean to be holy?
What are we "moderns" to make of the scapegoat to Azazel?
Who or what was the "destroyer" mentioned in the book of Exodus?
Imagine a disease that looks like mildew on the walls of your home, but is of real concern.
The Temple Institute Weekly Torah Study: Vayikra.
Nothing lifts us up like giving! While our natural instincts may tend toward looking out for number one, the act of giving is
Moses neither ate nor drank for 40 days and nights. That seems a stretch. Can man overcome physical needs?
What power did the Urim and Tummim have? What were they?
Are we commanded to believe in Hashem, or is it a function of our free will?
Complaints, complaints. When will they ever learn?
What is so terrible about darkness? It happens every evening.
What does it mean when Jacob says the angel who saved him should bless his grandchildren?
Declaring G-d's absolute Oneness even while reuniting with a long-lost loved one.
Weekly Torah study: Vayishlach.
There is nothing quite like the feeling of love. Mentioning Yaakov's love for Rachel is a rarity in the Tanach.
Are sibling rivalry, sibling strife, the Will of God?
Where would we fall on the scale of righteousness if put to a difficult test?
Isn't the rainbow a perfectly natural phenomenon that has existed from time immemorial?
Moshe blesses the tribes of Israel before his death, beginning his words with fiery imagery. Why?
The only way to ensure the short and long term viability of a Torah based society is loyalty to the same Torah.
What, then, does sustain man?
The oneness and unity of G-d was a revolutionary revelation enunciated in this week's Torah reading.
What is time? What is space? We live within them and can't live without them.
Water plays a major role in this week's parasha.
This is a Torah portion about the power of words.
How can we uinderstand how prophecy differs from ordinary speech?
This Shabbat we read of the hostile people of Gaza in the haftarah - what does that mean today?
What is time? Where does it come from? Where does it go?
The Passover Seder, which begins the 7 day holiday, may be the oldest continuous ritual extant.
In modern times, can we relate to the idea of bringing offerings to the Temple?
A thought provoking sequel to the Purim holiday.
The vision of G-d experienced by Moshe, Aharon, Nadav and Avihu, and 70 elders of Israel described in this week's parasha is unparalleled.
"You shall be to Me a treasure out of all peoples, for Mine is the entire earth." How can G-d choose one people above all others?
Finding grace in Egyptian eyes was no less a miracle than the plagues. What does it signify?
Choice is a gift from G-d that makes us who we are..
Do we take the time to look at the beauty around us? Moses did.
Doea G-d want us to know what lies ahead?
Life can be difficult to make sense of, random and confounding, at times.Until we see our part in causing the chaos.
The story of Joseph unfolding in this period's Torah readings is on two levels: Man's actions fulfill G-d's master plan behind the scenes.
It's not only nurture, it is also nature that plays a role in choosing a bride.
Sara laughed when G-d told her she was going to have a baby at age 90! Or did she? She denies it! And who's asking, anyway? I
Torah from the Temple Institute in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Moshe Rabbeinu's last essential lessons to his people.
Our Sages found a pattern in the commandments found in one reading that make up over 12% of all the 613 mitzvot in the Torah.
All the details involved in building a Torah-true society are founded on one principle.
No doubt Pinchas did the right thing. But at what price? The Temple Institute weekly Torah thoughts.
What makes the Red heifer so mysterious to us? Lecture from the Temple Institute.
Regarding reality around us as an unrelated series of unconnected random events is a post-modern malady of epic proportions.