The Ari HaKadosh – Rabbi Yitzchak ben Shlomo Luria (1534-1572) – passed away 446 years ago this week. Here is a simple teaching from him.
The fifth and final book of the Torah, Dvarim, is filled with history, laws, articles of faith, as well as a vision for the future. Moses describes, among a plethora of items, the creation and comportment of a judiciary.
Most of Devarim consists of Moshe’s final speech to the people. Rashi and Ramban fascinatingly read Moshe as implying he faced MORE difficulties in leading them even than those we know from the text
When one vows to do something, or to refrain from doing something, the Torah views that pledge with tremendous seriousness. Violating one’s word is referred to as a “desecration of one’s word.”
The tribes of Ruben and Gad by being more concerned with their animals than with their own families, doomed themselves, eventually being left with neither. Indeed, the tribes to the east of the Jordan would be the first to be exiled and, seemingly, lost to Jewish history.
The contemporary question,how to balance family and work, is actually a biblical one,addressed by Moses in his subtle rebuke to the tribe of Re'uven.
The two and a half tribes--Rueben, Gad, and part of Menasseh-- listened to the accusations and realized that they were already being forgotten.
The Torah knows that we are likely to understand the journey in the desert as essentially one long trip. And so it tries to make us stop and realize that there were actually two journeys and not just one. The first ended with the death of Aharon; the second began with resistance from the Canaanite king
Shabbos is a window into the euphoric Messianic world when this world will be completely devoted to G-d, on all levels.
A gem from the Or HaChaim, one of the greatest Torah commemorated, whose 275th yahrzeit was last week
What would it mean to the world to suddenly have hundreds of millions of people, perhaps over a billion souls, identify themselves as Jewish, and show solidarity with Israel?
Rules for true leadership by the greatest leader of all.
Having 'real' vision permits an entirely different, improved view of events and the world.
To understand who Bilam was let us examine the interaction between Bilam and his donkey in this week's parsha.
The highlight of Prince William's visit to Israel is he merited to be the first British royal to make an official visit to Israel.
What has changed? The simple reality is that women in those days dressed modestly because there was a prevailing sense of propriety and self-respect.
Balak was furious. Balaam was defeated in his mind by a greater prophet, Moses, who would record Balaam's words and shame for eternity, despite not being present at the performances. Rather than perform his blessings or curses, Balaam projected a picture of the future with his ideas in it; he offers his vision of the End of Days (14) with all his hints to Israel's future failings hidden within his words of praise.
Pinchas unexpectedly saved the day. How did Pinchas help? Pinchas shifted the eventual divine justice from plague to targeted killings, so only actual sinners died
It is impossible to be involved in life without somehow sensing endings. We need not be permanently scarred by our beginnings, nor scared of what seems to be the death of a relationship.
Never in the course of history has the speed of change been so dramatic and apparent, or brought such extraordinary power and wealth to the average person.
The challenge of observing-especially-when understanding is elusive.
History repeats itself: Israel extends the hand of peace to a neighbor and is rebuffed
Displacement as motivation? Just ask Korach's sons.
Moshe's response to Korach expressed the very essence of what defines a true Torah leader.
What is the connection between the story of the spies and of Korach?