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Parshat Shekalim: Passion personification

Parshat Shekalim: Passion personification

In Parshat Shekalim, which we will read this Shabbat IY”H, Hashem instructs Moshe on how to be a Jewish census taker. And transmits a symbolic lesson about passion in mitzvah observance., 20/02/2020 20:01
Passionate performance in Parashat Shemot

Passionate performance in Parashat Shemot

When we want to validate another, let’s give him our full encouragement. After all, our words can have a great impact on another., 17/01/2020 13:40
Architecting an abode: Vayetzei

Architecting an abode: Vayetzei

Our Sages note that the word hamakom/the place refers thoughout the Tanach to the holy place where the Beit Hamikdosh will be built, where we will pray and establish our relationship with Hakodosh Boruch Hu., 05/12/2019 17:18
Title  transference

Title transference

Avraham Avinu provided an alternate path to war, the path of negotiating with other nations who will not recognize our foothold on the Land, but would be willing to serve their own interests through negotiation., 21/11/2019 11:00
Parashat Noach: Incredible initiative

Parashat Noach: Incredible initiative

The actions of Noach’s three sons and Noach’s reaction to each give us insight into our own lives and into how our service to Hashem differs from the service of other nations., 01/11/2019 13:29
Elul: Incredible investment

Elul: Incredible investment

We have to open the door -Chesed and tzedakah are intimately related. When you interact with others this way, Hashem will view you as well with a generous eye.  , 14/09/2019 20:15
Splitting the song: Hallel, Nishmat and Shirat Hayam

Splitting the song: Hallel, Nishmat and Shirat Hayam

This article talks about Hallel read in two parts at the Seder, and said while skipping two parts after the first day of the holiday, but it also deals with Shirat Hayam, the song at the splitting of the Reed Sea, said on the last day., 25/04/2019 15:37
Fervent fire: Parashat Shmini

Fervent fire: Parashat Shmini

Nadav and Avihu were true servants of Hashem, writes the Sefas Emes. A true servant intuits the will and needs of his master even before being told. They did not understand that they need to wait for Hashem’s command., 27/03/2019 07:24
Purim: Fasting, petition and perspective

Purim: Fasting, petition and perspective

Why do we observe the fast on the day before Purim?, 20/03/2019 10:45
Legitimizing lies

Legitimizing lies

While most of us are aware that it is forbidden to speak loshon horo (and almost everyone nevertheless sometimes falters in this area), many are unaware that it is forbidden to listen to loshon horo and accept it as fact., 31/01/2019 07:25
Vayechi: Core connection

Vayechi: Core connection

Jacob's words to his eldesr Reuven seem to be more of a rebuke and a punishment than a blessing. What had Reuven done to warrant this rebuke?, 21/12/2018 13:15
Bedrock beginnings in Balak

Bedrock beginnings in Balak

, 29/06/2018 14:57
Visceral vision

Visceral vision

While it is noble to try to squelch the call of the yetzer horo, the struggle is not winnable without tangible effort that takes the effort from the theoretical to the practical., 29/05/2018 09:50
Recognition and Rejoicing on Pesach

Recognition and Rejoicing on Pesach

Should we not continually praise Hashem for the miracles He has done for our ancestors, since that good continues to affect our lives? Looking back at the Seder., 02/04/2018 00:15
Introspective inspiration: Parsha Para

Introspective inspiration: Parsha Para

Parshat Parah is meant not to rectify a particular sin so much as it is meant to rectify the idea of sin, the idea of throwing off the yoke of Heaven, writes Rav Dessler z”l., 09/03/2018 06:37
Vaera: Stupendous supplication

Vaera: Stupendous supplication

While Parshat Shemot sets the stage for the redemption and introduces us to all the players in the drama, the actual process of redemption begins in Parshat Va'eira., 12/01/2018 08:02
Lech :Lecha: The mysterious march

Lech :Lecha: The mysterious march

By not knowing his destination in advance, Avraham had to rely completely on Hashem every step of the way, a process that furthered his humility., 27/10/2017 14:13
Pondering the Sukkah

Pondering the Sukkah

The two historical reasons for Sukkot are connected., 09/10/2017 19:53
Victorious vision:Yom Kippur

Victorious vision:Yom Kippur

What are "prying eyes?" , 26/09/2017 12:19
Vayelech: Glorious gathering

Vayelech: Glorious gathering

Bringing hakhel into the Jewish home., 15/09/2017 11:42
Ki Tavo: Continuous compassion

Ki Tavo: Continuous compassion

We most clearly demonstrate our attachment to Hashem through following in His ways, through acts of chesed. , 08/09/2017 13:15
The five daughters:: Parshat Pinchas

The five daughters:: Parshat Pinchas

They taught us to think about perpetuity., 14/07/2017 06:12
Pesach: Omnipresence and Oneness

Pesach: Omnipresence and Oneness

Just as it was Hashem Who took us out of Egypt, so it is Hashem Who controls every aspect of our lives., 02/04/2017 08:08
Joseph and Hanukkah: Images of inspiration

Joseph and Hanukkah: Images of inspiration

Joseph was tempted, his father's image came to the rescue., 21/12/2016 18:17
After the Flood: The lion's lesson

After the Flood: The lion's lesson

Life is about serving others and dedicating oneself completely to this service., 06/11/2016 00:23
Emor (Diaspora): Omer Oneness

Emor (Diaspora): Omer Oneness

Every day, with each count, as we physically stand when we recite the bracha, we separate further from the lower elements of our being and rise upward., 19/05/2016 10:09
Returning to roots at the Pesach Seder

Returning to roots at the Pesach Seder

Rabbi Twersky: “God created man and dictates how man should behave. In idolatry, man creates his own gods and dictates to them to tell him what he wishes to hear.” This includes all the isms we use to excuse our improper behavior., 20/04/2016 05:41
Rejuvenation of relationships: Parshat Hachodesh

Rejuvenation of relationships: Parshat Hachodesh

In the beginning Hashem created the world for everyone. But He charged us with teaching other nations that the world is not just a physical entity, but that it is infused with a spiritual soul. , 08/04/2016 14:59
For Parshat Para: Purifying passion

For Parshat Para: Purifying passion

It is during this time, from Purim to Pesach, that Hashem comes down to purify us., 31/03/2016 09:01
The poor on Purim

The poor on Purim

There are all kinds of ways to gift the poor in addition to the halakhic definition on Purim., 24/03/2016 06:16
Remembrance: Symbolism and laws of Parshat Zachor

Remembrance: Symbolism and laws of Parshat Zachor

Recognition, respect and repentance., 18/03/2016 10:19
Parshat Shekalim: First of four

Parshat Shekalim: First of four

It is just a half shekel, but its symbolism is priceless., 04/03/2016 00:01
Tetzaveh: Revealing the revealed

Tetzaveh: Revealing the revealed

That Hashem desires our participation in the relationship with Him is the greatest gift He can give us. , 18/02/2016 09:57
Broadened blessings

Broadened blessings

When Hashem does you a favor and you feel His presence and providence, you need to immediately let that praise and blessing burst forth spontaneously., 29/01/2016 03:03
Transcendental trio

Transcendental trio

How to fight Amalek., 25/01/2016 07:36
Parshat Bo: Loyal legions

Parshat Bo: Loyal legions

It is not easy to be a soldier in any army., 14/01/2016 08:16
Wondrous watching: Miriam's role

Wondrous watching: Miriam's role

Miriam stood by to watch her little brother in the Nile. Her reward was great., 31/12/2015 07:15
Reuven's return

Reuven's return

A great deal can be learned from Reuven's part in the sale of Joseph., 04/12/2015 15:07
Vayishlach: Angelic Ambassador

Vayishlach: Angelic Ambassador

Why were Jacob's ambassadors angels?, 26/11/2015 08:45
Architect of the Ark

Architect of the Ark

Noach had to push himself beyond his natural endurance to continue building the Ark., 16/10/2015 13:30
The Three Weeks: Breaking Barriers

The Three Weeks: Breaking Barriers

During the three weeks a person can achieve the same level of forgiveness as on Yom Kippur by working on his inner life. , 21/07/2015 05:14
Indulgence and Intellect

Indulgence and Intellect

A mitzva we cannot understand, but from which many lessons can be drawn., 26/06/2015 09:19
Rehabilitation and Reframing

Rehabilitation and Reframing

Discussing two difficult questions regarding the punishment for the sin of the spies., 12/06/2015 09:39
A Divinely Directed Shidduch

A Divinely Directed Shidduch

Was Eliezer's request from G-d improper?, 15/03/2015 13:00
Purim is an Everlasting Experience

Purim is an Everlasting Experience

Why is Purim is the only holiday the Talmud says will remain after the Redemption., 04/03/2015 22:17
Childhood in Our Souls

Childhood in Our Souls

The Cherubim are symbols of things we can learn from childhood., 21/02/2015 18:46
Shemot:  Distance and Denial

Shemot: Distance and Denial

How can it be that they did not remember Joseph?, 08/01/2015 14:18
Vayechi: Supremacy and Supplication

Vayechi: Supremacy and Supplication

Greatness does not have to mean arrogance., 01/01/2015 10:47
The Fifth Fire

The Fifth Fire

Focusing on the fifth night of Hanukkah, the night when the light begins to overpower the darkness, and shed some of the Hanukkah light on the deeper significance of this day., 21/12/2014 01:19
Recognizing Greatness

Recognizing Greatness

What greatness really means and how to comprehend it., 20/11/2014 09:07
Noah as an Enigma

Noah as an Enigma

A study of Noah's level of faith - and ours., 23/10/2014 07:30
 The Ushpizin: Exalted Entourage in our Sukkah

The Ushpizin: Exalted Entourage in our Sukkah

On what is the custom of inviting seven special guests to the Sukkah based? , 07/10/2014 06:29
Elul - Solidarity and Sensitivity

Elul - Solidarity and Sensitivity

For the month of Teshuva, repentance., 04/09/2014 17:09
Tu B'Av (15th of Av): Coming Full Circle

Tu B'Av (15th of Av): Coming Full Circle

The reasons for Tu B'Av., 10/08/2014 19:12
The Three Weeks: Reality of Redemption

The Three Weeks: Reality of Redemption

Hashem wants us to yearn for the perfected world where pain and suffering will be unnecessary., 15/07/2014 14:46
Shlach: Gigantic Goodness

Shlach: Gigantic Goodness

It all depends on how you see the world Hashem created., 13/06/2014 13:02
Accepting the Torah: Our Soul's Dialogue with Its Maker

Accepting the Torah: Our Soul's Dialogue with Its Maker

Every year we reaccept the Torah as we did at Sinai even if we are not cognizant of our soul’s dialogue with its Maker, and every year we are credited anew with that acceptance., 31/05/2014 05:37