By now Moses had given 612 commands to the Israelites. But there was one further instruction he still had to give, the last of his life, the final mitzvah in the Torah: “Now therefore write this song and teach it to the people of Israel. Put it in their mouths, that this song may be My witness against the people of Israel” (Deuteronomy 31: 19).
Why the binding? Why put Abraham and Sarah through the agony of thinking that the son for whom they have waited for so long is about to die? We cherish what we wait for and what we most risk losing.
We must never forget that when Aaron was left to lead, the people made a golden calf. But never forget that Moses needed an Aaron to hold the people together. In short, leadership is the capacity to hold together different temperaments, conflicting voices and clashing values.
Greatness is humility. This idea – counter-intuitive, unexpected, life-changing – is one of the great contributions of the Torah to Western civilization and found in the words of Moses in this week's sedra
Happiness is not the central value of the Torah. Occurring ten times more is the word "simcha," JOY
What is the difference between philosophy and the political vision at the heart of Tanach? The answer lies in their different understandings of time.
When someone exercises power over us, they diminish us; when someone teaches us, they help us grow.
Tamar’s conduct bears an uncanny resemblance to Ruth's; virtuous outsiders at the margins of society
Judaism is a religion of love but also a religion of justice, for without justice, love corrupts.
The Babel story is the 2nd in a 4-act drama that's unmistakably a connecting thread of Bereishit
The first recorded instance of civil disobedience is the story of Shifra and Puah, defying Pharaoh
God was saying, “From My perspective, seeing the future, it would have been better to send women, because they love and cherish the land and would never come to speak negatively about it. However, since you are convinced that these men are worthy and do indeed value the land, I give you permission to go ahead and send them.”
Between Judaism and Islam there can be friendship and mutual respect as Abraham loved both his sons.
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you fail. Such is life.
The emphasis on choice, freedom and responsibility is a most distinctive features of Jewish thought.
God’s “name” is therefore His standing in the world. Do people acknowledge Him, respect Him, honor Him?
In September 2010, BBC, Reuters and other news agencies reported on a sensational scientific discovery. Researchers at the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University of Colorado showed through computer simulation how the division of the Red Sea might have taken place.
Judaism survives due to Divine Providence and the foresight of Rabban Yochanan ben Zakkai who resisted cognitive breakdown, created solutions for tomorrow's problems, who did not seek refuge in the irrational, and who quietly built the Jewish future.
The purchase of the Cave of Machpelah is evidently a highly significant event because it is recorded in great detail.
Learning to honor G-d by honoring those made in His image: Humankind.
If we parents fail to honor responsibilities then society’s children will pay the price for our sins
A key to help unlock the entire project outlined by Moses in Sefer Devarim, the final book of the Torah, from a most unlikely source...
Moral dilemmas are situations in which doing the right thing is not the end of the matter. The conflict may be inherently tragic. Jacob, in this parsha, finds himself trapped in such a conflict: on the one hand, he ought not allow himself to be killed; on the other, he ought not kill someone else; but he must do one or the other.
The opening three laws of this parsha- a captive woman taken in war, the law about the rights of the firstborn, and the “stubborn and rebellious son” – are all about dysfunctions within the family.
In this week’s parsha, Moshe reaches his lowest ebb. What is striking is the depth of Moses’ despair, the candor with which he expresses it, and the blazing honesty of the Torah in telling us this story.