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Being children of Hashem

Being children of Hashem

Being Hashem's children means we have obligations, but also that we must keep from harming ourselves.Moshe Kempinski, 13/08/2021 07:29
Devarim's message for Tisha B'Av: Going forth

Devarim's message for Tisha B'Av: Going forth

Most of humanity is comfortable with the world view it knows and the patterns of life it has become accustomed to. Especially today.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 16/07/2021 06:56
Reuven, Gad and the Three Weeks

Reuven, Gad and the Three Weeks

Mattot-Maasei Numbers 30:2–36:13: The lure of easy gratification and achievement has dulled our yearning for Hashem’s Temple and redemption.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 08/07/2021 22:28
Chukat:Living waters

Chukat:Living waters

We need to stop, rest and drink deeply from living waters before continuing the arid wilderness we seem to have entered.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 18/06/2021 17:17
"The earth beneath them opened its mouth"

"The earth beneath them opened its mouth"

The earth is a symbol of lower, base objectives, as in the new coalition focused on hatred and the self-aggrandizement of its leaders.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 10/06/2021 10:13
Walking with G-d

Walking with G-d

To be a Hebrew, an Ivri, means you never walk alone.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 25/05/2021 13:01
Hodu LaHashem ki tov - yes, His mercy endures forever

Hodu LaHashem ki tov - yes, His mercy endures forever

At the Kotel after the flag march was cancelled: Images that became metaphors, powerful statements of faith and resolve.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 12/05/2021 08:10
Yom Yerushalayim, holiday of miracles

Yom Yerushalayim, holiday of miracles

One needs to always remember that behind very dark cloud the sun never ceases to shine and miracles never cease..Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 10/05/2021 13:16
Moed: An appointed time

Moed: An appointed time

In the Jewish view, dates and appointed times are gates through which time flows in a cyclical, upward spiral fashion, toward a purpose.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 28/04/2021 15:00
Six, seven and eight

Six, seven and eight

All numbers have symbolism in Judaism, but eight is a higher level than 7, which in turn is higher than 6.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 13/04/2021 10:00
The small aleph

The small aleph

The aleph may be unusually small in the first word of the book of Leviticus, but its size symbolizes a secret power that depends on us.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 20/03/2021 22:05
Experiencing the Glory of G-d

Experiencing the Glory of G-d

The “Glory of G-d ” is usually seen as being synonymous with the concept of the Shechina - Presence of G-d . Yet that cannot be the case.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 13/03/2021 21:00
The priestly garments and the role of disguise

The priestly garments and the role of disguise

The Megillah is replete with symbols of disguise and hiding and it is not by chance that the Torah reading talks of the priest's garments..Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 28/02/2021 19:06
The gaze of the Cherubim

The gaze of the Cherubim

Did the cherubim gaze at one another or at the Ark? A profound idea can be learned from the answer to that questionRabbi Moshe Kempinski, 20/02/2021 19:00
The start of an eternal dialogue

The start of an eternal dialogue

Parshat Mishpatim Exodus 21:1–24:18: G-d talks and G-d speaks-is there a difference? The Jews agree to do and to listen-what comes first?Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 12/02/2021 04:00
Encountering the Divine

Encountering the Divine

YITRO; Exodus 18:1–20:23:Revelation, fear and a pathway to Hashem paved with three instructions.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 05/02/2021 13:02
Waiting through the night

Waiting through the night

Faith and Faithfulness amidst and through a "long night".Then and now.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 30/01/2021 20:48
G-d did not need to see the blood on the doorpost

G-d did not need to see the blood on the doorpost

The spiritual redemption empowers the physical one/Moshe Kempinski, 23/01/2021 18:30
Revealing Hashem in the world

Revealing Hashem in the world

The world must comprehend the 3 truths determined by G-d's actions in Egypt.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 13/01/2021 17:48
Blessing our children

Blessing our children

My wife and I bless the children every Friday night with the words in this Torah reading followed by the Priestly Blessing.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 03/01/2021 13:00
Understanding Joseph's actions

Understanding Joseph's actions

What could have been a swift though painful meeting becomes a drawn out process. What was Joseph’s purpose behind these actions?Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 25/12/2020 11:30
Seeing in the midst of darkness

Seeing in the midst of darkness

Seeing behind the darkness, the curtains and camouflage, is a constant challenge to humanity. We see it in the Bible and we see it today..Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 20/12/2020 06:00
What did  Isaac see in Esau?

What did Isaac see in Esau?

Isaac rightly felt that Jacob's potential needed the help of Esau's activism, but that synergy can only happen at the end of time.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 02/12/2020 09:50
To leave 'a place'

To leave 'a place'

There will be time where we all need the courage to exit and leave our safe and comfortable zones to do the work that needs to be done.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 27/11/2020 00:38
Prayer and choices

Prayer and choices

Praying is a process that moves in two directions.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 20/11/2020 12:13
Abraham's weapon against uncertainty

Abraham's weapon against uncertainty

The greatest victory over disappointment and failure is the courage to move forward. Abraham's message for today is in this week's parasha.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 13/11/2020 09:10
We are all part of the tikkun

We are all part of the tikkun

Could others, even those seemingly much less worthy than Abraham, be part of the Divine plan of tikkun?Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 04/11/2020 14:17
Every man and woman can change the world

Every man and woman can change the world

Opinion polls are dangerous mainly due to their making us think that what we decide is insignificant. Abraham changed the world alone.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 01/11/2020 11:49
A TZOHAR; light in and light out

A TZOHAR; light in and light out

The word Tzohar's two possible meanings lead to the two fundamental ideas regarding man and his surroundings.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 23/10/2020 13:00
Thorns and thistles

Thorns and thistles

The difference between the Hebrew letters Daled and Resh is almost indiscernable, but in two specific words, they make all the difference.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 16/10/2020 08:00
How can we be commanded to be joyful?

How can we be commanded to be joyful?

The holiday of Sukkot is the antidote to the fractured hearts of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 05/10/2020 12:06
Why ten days?

Why ten days?

The ten days are not there just in case you need more time, but so that the process of Teshuva can be assimilated into our lives.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 24/09/2020 13:31
The beginning of time

The beginning of time

When man became mortal and was faced with the prospect of death, the passage of time became an issue of great importance.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 21/09/2020 14:55
What is your special mission?

What is your special mission?

Equality is not the same as sameness. We are not expected to be the same but we must always continue to grow.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 14/09/2020 13:18
Depending on faith

Depending on faith

The text in the Torah portion of Re’Eh begins with words that in their striking difference teaches us much of our journey in this worldRabbi Moshe Kempinski, 14/08/2020 15:34
"A mighty voice that did not cease"

"A mighty voice that did not cease"

The Torah portion that always follows the 9th of Av tells of G-d's Voice that 'did not cease'. And that is a powerful message to us.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 31/07/2020 09:00
Words that can rebuild the Temple

Words that can rebuild the Temple

Vows, oaths and obligations: nothing is ever said in a void or without some sort of ramifications.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 16/07/2020 22:00
The prayers of the Daughters of Israel

The prayers of the Daughters of Israel

PINCHAS Numbers 25:10–30:1 The modest and powerful place of prayer must be open and inviting to those women who truly understand prayer.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 10/07/2020 13:00
Aliya: Running or becoming?

Aliya: Running or becoming?

Israel is not a place to escape or run to, although it can be that as well. Israel is a place to step up into higher purpose and meaning.Moshe Kempinski, 06/07/2020 12:07
The source of blessing

The source of blessing

Balaam arrives at an astounding conclusion despitie his arrogance. How different are the words about him from those about Abraham!Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 03/07/2020 16:01
Mortality and hope

Mortality and hope

Just as we know the inevitability of death, we know the inevitability of growth, the “hope” that breaks through the chains of mortality.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 29/06/2020 15:49
Joshua and Calev: Pillars of spiritual success

Joshua and Calev: Pillars of spiritual success

What is it that gave these very different men, Joshua and Calev, the strength to perceive what the others missed?Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 14/06/2020 23:59
Manna and the land of Israel

Manna and the land of Israel

Israel is a land where the miraculous and the natural are indistinguishable .That was true in the time of Joshua and even more in our days.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 06/06/2020 23:30
The Heavenly “cloud” that embraces and separates

The Heavenly “cloud” that embraces and separates

'Step into the misty cloud - for only there is G-d found'Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 28/05/2020 15:00