Torah is neither a book of history nor science, it is, first and last, a book about how to live.
Sukkot's the only festival sharing the pilgrimage cycle & part of Tishrei sequence-hence, double JOY
“We received Torah from Moses” or “from our parents” isn't enough. We must write our "own" scroll
Happiness is not the central value of the Torah. Occurring ten times more is the word "simcha," JOY
If we parents fail to honor responsibilities then society’s children will pay the price for our sins
Moshe wasn't the last of the prophets. How would Israel discern his true successors from the false?
Three moments, sharing the same message, made a deep impression on me: Greatness is humility.
Amongst the greatest disagreements in Judaism is the understanding of the 1st of the 10 Commandments
"When a king dies his power ends; when a prophet dies his influence begins" & their words echo today
Sharing influence is like lighting a candle with another: it doesn't mean having less; you have more
All agree that Jews ARE different. How? Why? The Bible's answer is surprising and profound.
Of Chukkim “Satan and the nations of the world made fun.” They may appear irrational & superstitious
Heaven answered Moshe dramatically. He was proved right. End of revolt. End of story- Not at all...
There's no obligation TO wear tzitzit; opting to wear them symbolizes free acceptance of the mitzvot
Sadly, we're no longer an edah; We've fissured and fractured: Orthodox & Reform; religious & secular
This week's parshah inspired the Jubilee 2000 initiative leading to debt cancellation of $34 biilion
Rambam: Eating blood's forbidden because connected to idolatry;Ramban: We're affected by what we eat
Why should unintentional sins require atonement? What guilt exists when requisite intent is lacking?
Like Shabbat points to something beyond time, the people Israel points to something beyond history
The Sabbath is a full dress rehearsal for an ideal society that has not yet come to pass-but will