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
Jewish prayer is a convergence of 2 modes of biblical spirituality, exemplified by Moses and Aaron
With the synagogue, "Judaism created one of the greatest revolutions in the history of religion"
By wisdom, we come to understand G-d via creation; By Torah we understand G-d through His revelation
Torah opposes slavery; G-d desires the free worship of free human beings, yet slavery's permitted-?!
Pharaoh perverted symbols of life (the Nile and midwives) into agents of death.
The 5th cup is supported by a 5th expression of Deliverance: “And I will bring you to the land..."
The first recorded instance of civil disobedience is the story of Shifra and Puah, defying Pharaoh
Truthfulness is a fundamental value in Jewish yet truth isn't its highest value. Peace is. Why so?
Jacob’s blessing of Ephraim over Manasseh had nothing to do with age and everything to do with names
Tamar’s conduct bears an uncanny resemblance to Ruth's; virtuous outsiders at the margins of society