Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you fail. Such is life.
Shimon’s early years were not easy ones. His mother struggled to support both of them. She never acquired the knowledge needed to help her son through school years filled with homework and tests.
How can God be both outside of space and time, and in our physical world?
The exact details of that nocturnal levayah have long since faded from my memory. However, one poignant story shook me to the core of my being – and remains with me still.
In Judaism, monarchy had little or no religious function.
The mishkan represents the 'face' of God.
There is not even a shadow of doubt that without Agudat Efrat’s help, this child would not have been born.
So long as every crisis was dealt with by Moses and miracles, the Israelite default response was complaint.
Worse, a female child, being sold by her parents!
Kidney transplants from a living donor are infinitely preferable over a transplant from a dead person. The chances of it being rejected by the body are much lower, the life expectancy of the newly transplanted kidney is twice as high, and the recipient’s life and diet can return to normal much faster.
Two laws have to do with the Israelites’ experience of being an oppressed minority:
In the campaign to rob a consumer of any sense of contentedness, which translates into sales, strategy is often focused on confusing need with want and the illusion of being dissatisfied.
Only in Judaism was God’s self-disclosure not to an individual or a group (the elders) but to an entire nation.
The nation and God are 'married.'
Once again neither of us had the tickets, but this time we knew to follow the unusual protocol and pick up our tickets at the airline counter. So we dutifully waited in line and requested our tickets. This time, however, no tickets awaited us.
Why did Miriam lead the women of the nation in a second song?
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.