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Parshat Tezaveh

Some think that what a person wears classifies what type of person he or she is.

Purim Is Not Jewish Halloween!

Is the way we celebrate Purim the ideal way to spiritually experience it?

Why Do We Sing Shalom Aleichem?

The Maharsha explains that each mitzvah in the Torah has two angels appointed over it, one good and one bad.

Amalek: Breaking The Aura (Parshas Zachor)

There was once a scalding hot bath that no one could enter. Along came one foolish individual who jumped in. Although he was immediately burned, he cooled off the bath for others.

Choosing The Right Outfit

The questions about appropriate clothing should not begin with the externals, thecostumes, but with our inner lives, our growth, aspirations, beliefs; what do we see when we look at our souls?

SOME KIND OF BLUE? TEKHELET and TRADITION

One can claim with regard to specific halakhic issues that a tradition is binding even though it is not intellectually or spiritually compelling.

Beyond The Curtain

So long as we are alive, we have the ability to strive for higher and greater levels.

Predestination And Human Effort

Clearly, creating the menorah was beyond human capacity. Why did Moshe need to have a clear image of what it was to look like?

Walls of Hesitation…and Walls of Beyond

We can achieve if we only reconnect to that belief that we can succeed only when we reach beyond ourselves rather than hide behind walls of fear-- and hesitation.

Parshat Mishpatim

The Torah (22:27) prohibits people from cursing a leader. Rav Levine argues that people don't just point out the obvious and evident flaws of leaders; they tend to exaggerate them.

Our Creator’s Infinite Love

Hashem is more concerned for my good than I am. Hashem looks out for my interests more than I do myself.

A Different Wedding

Each prayer, each Shabbat, each festival, each mitzvah, is an opportunity to reconnect to that very different wedding at Sinai

Does Judaism Recognize the Notion of Systemic Injustice?

The path from moral principle to moral policy is rarely straightforward. But the path from lack of moral principle to immoral policy often is straightforward.  

TORAH SHORTS: Parshat Yitro: Women’s Candle Power

May we each brighten the world in our own way and may we merit having and seeing children whose light will both burn brightly as well as kindle the light of others. Shabbat Shalom

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem – Open My Lips

If we can make Hashem's presence even slightly more real to ourselves, it will be a great accomplishment!

Learning To Enjoy This World

Hashem created those sacs so that there would be another dimension to our enjoyment. The sensation of eating an orange would be different without this feature.

Becoming

I finished reading that the Israeli chief rabbinate invalidating numerous conversions, opened the weekly portion, and enjoyed a hearty chuckle when I remembered that the portion of Revelation and the Ten Statements is named for a convert, a failed one, Yitro. Things sure have changed.

Parshas Beshalach: Singing Of Emunah

So why sing it? If the second shirah does not add any new ideas or even words, what was its purpose?

The Merit Of Trusting Hashem

The difficulty with this Rashi is that he lists all three reasons in same breath as if they are equal, and clearly they aren’t.

Dance of Forgiveness

Miriam and the women who followed her recognized that Israel would be unable to move forward until they forgave God for their suffering and their fear. So they sang of God desiring to share His power with them so that they too would be able to "hurl horse with rider into the sea," as Israel does to Amalek in the closing scene of the portion.

AlephBeta: Beshalach: What Does It Mean to Have Faith?

After Israel sings a song of thanksgiving, curiously, Miriam then leads the women of the nation in a second song. Why?

Reframing the Debate Over Women’s Religious Leadership

The religious state of nature does not enable the building of a religious society. Since human beings are social creatures, it follows that the state of nature does not enable human fulfillment.   We therefore need a religious social contract.  Cue Sinai; enter, the Torah.

From A Friend

They knew that if they performed acts of kindness with each other G-d would perform kindness with them.

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