He exhorted all of us to continue to reach out to one another each and every day because that is what our tafkid (life’s goal) should be. And because that is what Hashem requires of us.
How do the pieces of this puzzle come together to help us understand how the Torah builds together?
The account of the construction of the Tabernacle in Vayakhel-Pekudei is built around the number seven.
It is my family’s minhag, for many generations, to light the candles 30 minutes before shekiah, as opposed to the commonly held custom of 20 minutes. So I told my husband that those 10 extra minutes should not be an issue.
So goes the story about a man in the silly town of Chelm who visited a public bathhouse and found himself in a terrible predicament. Without the distinction of clothing, everyone looked alike. “Among all these men who look alike,” he said to himself, “how will I ever know which one is me?” He solved his dilemma by tying a red string around his big toe.
This exciting and daring video and challenges us to be more God-like in our actions.
Vayakhel is Moses’ response to the wild abandon of the crowd that gathered around Aaron and made the golden calf.
I was pretty open [and naïve] about accepting dating suggestions. There was the Israeli that spoke little English with whom I could barely communicate, the brilliant scholar who I discovered was manic depressive, the frum hippie that was still more hippie than frum, and a slew of others – all interesting, but not for me.
The Jewish people commit the worst sin possible - worshiping a false god.
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: