From Joseph we learn three principles. The first: Dream dreams. Second: Leaders interpret other people’s dreams. Third: Find a way to implement dreams:
The Sanctuary as a human construct, mirrors the Divine creation of the universe. Each creation culminates in the Sabbath placing the sanctity of place in subordinate position to the holiness of time.
On the face of it, the test is simple: if what the prophet predicts comes to pass, he is a true prophet; if not, not. Clearly, though, it was not that simple.
Without belief in the covenant, there would be no State of Israel or any significant Jewish history after the Holocaust. Jews kept hope alive; Hope kept the Jewish people alive.
You perpetuate a transformative event by turning it into a ritual.
Why did God command Israel to make a sanctuary for Him? Shouldn't it be unnecessary? The Golden Calf
Sharing influence is like lighting a candle with another: it doesn't mean having less; you have more
six heroines, six courageous women without whom there would not have been a Moses.
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.
Heaven answered Moshe dramatically. He was proved right. End of revolt. End of story- Not at all...
“Jacob was very afraid and distressed.” His fear was physical-fear of death. His distress was moral.
Pharaoh perverted symbols of life (the Nile and midwives) into agents of death.
Judaism is not a religion of blind obedience. Astonishingly of 613 commandments, there is no Hebrew word that means “to obey.” Judaism is the rarest of phenomena: a faith based on asking questions,
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you fail. Such is life.
The biblical covenant has the same literary structure as ancient near eastern political treaties.
The only way to understand life is by living itL "Na’aseh venishma//We will do and we will obey.”
What do porcupines do in winter? asked Schopenhauer. If they come too close to one another, they injure each other. If they stay too far apart, they freeze. Life, for porcupines, is a delicate balance between closeness and distance. It is hard to get it right and dangerous to get it wrong. And so it is for us.
What is the difference between philosophy and the political vision at the heart of Tanach? The answer lies in their different understandings of time.
So, as Moses faced his own life’s end, what was there left to do? The book of Devarim contains and constitutes the answer.
The most influential man who ever lived, does not appear on any list I have seen of the hundred most influential men in history. He ruled no empire, commanded no army, His name, of course, is Abraham
At the heart of Judaism is a twofold understanding of the nature of God and His relationship to the universe.
Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their fathers -- how is that compatible with the idea that children may suffer for the sins of their parents?
As soon as we read the opening lines of Terumah we begin the massive shift from the intense drama of the exodus with its signs and wonders and epic events, to the long, detailed narrative of how the Israelites constructed the Mishkan.
We believe that God created each of us, regardless of color, class, culture or creed, in His image.
According to Maimonides there is not one model of the virtuous life, but two. He calls them, respectively, the way of the saint (chassid) and the sage (chacham).