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Parshat Shelach

The "enemy" has a mind of its own.

Shelach: How Can I Trust God When I Don’t See Him?

How could the spies have doubted God? How could they have sinned so egregiously?

I Spy

There were far too many consequences of their rejection of "super" vision, and they understood the price of choosing to not see, epitomized by the spies "not seeing" their destiny in Israel.

The Power Of The Spoken Word

Clearly, they were lacking in bitachon. Their faith in Hashem was deficient. But they weren’t guilty of speaking lashon hara.

The Mekoshesh Eitzim

If that is the case, though – if a mechallel Shabbos is toned because he is like one who is ovdei avodah zarah – why, Rav Akiva Eiger asks, is a person who desecrates Shabbos in private stoned?

Redeeming Relevance: The Desert Bubble: Parshat Shelach

The incident of the spies was a completely new and problematic transgression, it was not toward the rarified wilderness, but rather toward the earthly existence promised in the Land of Israel.

Who Was Zerubavel?

No matter how bleak things seem to be, Hashem never give up on us.

Parashat Behaalotecha: Summer Vacation

We are bound by G-d’s laws when we are in yeshiva, at home, in the synagogue, in the office, at a social event, or on vacation.

Hating The Jews

To gain power or distract the population from their suffering, a monarch would look for a place to put the blame.

Almost Exact

But even after one follows all of the rules and performs the mitzvah correctly, the essential part is that we adhered to Hashem’s command and performed His will.

BEHA’ALOTECHA: Can I Be Vulnerable with G-d?

How can we understand, and relate, to the Children of Israel, a seemingly ungrateful, chutzpadik nation as it crosses the desert?

The Dark Clouds

Moses acted properly in his role of prophet. He failed in his role as a husband; he did not see Tziporah's suffering, her black cloud.

Redeeming Relevance: The Wisdom of Withdrawal: Parshat Behaalotecha

If Moshe was the greatest man that ever lived, his silent partner Tzipporah deserves much of the credit for it.

The Guiding Staff

The Malbim explains that when G-d asked Moshe what was in his hand he was testing him. He was essentially asking Moshe to define how he viewed his role as leader.

I Never Do Anything Wrong

So on both sides of the spectrum, the yetzer hara either should be unable to convince the person it is permitted – or it shouldn’t need to do any convincing.

Certainly Doubtful

Why don’t we require the nazir to start his term again and why doesn’t the regular person who enters the Mikdash receive a punishment?

Naso: Adding Godliness To Our Lives

In Parshat Naso, we are introduced to what seems like a hodgepodge of miscellaneous laws. Why is the Torah bringing these up together?

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Naso: Holy Negativity is Still Negativity

Enjoyment of God’s world always comes with some innate meaning – something which is lacking in the case of abstinence, the case of the Nazir.

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem – The Day Of Love

Were it not for the great and infinite love that Hashem has for us, we would not have received the Torah, nor would we dare ask for the gift of Torah on a regular basis.

Not Where You’re At But Where You’re Coming From

“That is you – had you lived up to your potential, had you become what you were destined to be.”

Waves & Weapons

For those of you who are familiar with the Arizal’s modus operandi of matching each of the months with one of the twelve tribes, I am sure Sivan has got you perplexed.

Do Women Recite Birchas HaTorah?

Women are exempt only from the first general obligation to learn Torah, not the second, more specific one.

Bamidbar: How Can We Transmit God’s Values?

Bamidbar should open with the stories of the desert, right? Evidently not. Why?

Redeeming Relevance: Parsha Bemidbar: Follow Which Leader?

The Torah recognizes the phenomenon of leadership and brings it to our attention subtly in the Book of Bemidbar, through the way it lists the names of the different tribes.

Parshat Bechukotai

The terrorists were told that they would be given a plane to take them to an Arab country.

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