Weekly Torah portion: Naso

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.

Rabbi Chaim Richman

Judaism Temple Institute model of Third Temple
Temple Institute model of Third Temple

Torah embraces the beauties of this world and exhorts man to serve G-d in this world by cleaving to the middle road, avoiding excessive piety and asceticism no less than impiety or hedonism.

The additional restrictions adopted by the nazarite, for a limited time only, are best not done so as an act of piety for its own sake, but as a spiritual corrective intended to redirect the nazarite back to the middle path, the golden path, the way of moderation.