When my very busy friend and former neighbor called to say, “I have a story to tell you,” I knew it had to be a good one. I wasn’t disappointed.
A fundamental principle of leadership is being taught here.
Parents possess divine inspiration (ruach haKodesh) when naming their children. In instances wherein a child is named after a departed loved one, we take great care in our choice – in the belief that the best character traits of the person we are honoring will be reflected in our precious progeny’s actions.
Moses did not speak about today or tomorrow. He spoke about the distant future.
How could He do such a thing?
We sense the pressure Moses is under.
“I never said I have nothing to complain about,” she intoned with an expression that belied her age. “I just don’t see the wisdom of protesting. I am fine and I am being adequately nourished.” And with that she went back to her cereal.
Not long after my mother died, I was sitting on campus talking with a friend and mentioned that it had been a long time since I had seen a frog. I used to love going out into the garden with my mother and our St. Bernard dog in the autumn evenings and see the frogs come out. I have a thing about frogs – probably from reading too many fairy tales.
We need to put ourselves into the eyes of Pharaoh's daughter.
six heroines, six courageous women without whom there would not have been a Moses.
One thing Meir couldn’t abide was machloket. He would fight wholeheartedly on behalf of his pupils in a situation involving a dispute – but not so if it was political, educational, or religious in nature.
When Joseph agrees to bury Jacob in Canaan, Jacob bows to him in relief - why?
We had inadvertently parked in the lot of a nearby church...
It is not difficult to understand the care Joseph took to ensure that Jacob would bless the firstborn first.
A fascinating Biblical echo
The wedding was going full blast, with the joyful Jewish music playing. The sound of the violin awoke unfulfilled longings and triggered moisture in the eyes.
The family had reached deadlock.
One of the ancillary axioms of cornflake fights is that they can never be contained between just two warring parties.
This new perspective helps us understand Joseph.
Joseph may have known ancient Egyptian traditions about seven-year famines.