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Faith Over Reason

Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking. -Kahlil Gibran

The Parsha Experiment – Chukat: A Turning Point In Israel’s Relationship With God

This week, we get even more complaining from Israel - this time, about the lack of water. How can they continue to complain after...

Earning A Living Doesn’t Have To Be Difficult

So even if their parnassah was dependent on their listening, how would they be motivated by something so mundane as earning their daily bread?

May A Kohen Visit A Tzaddik’s Grave?

The Zohar says that only someone who dies of natural causes was killed by the malach hamaves. People who are killed by others were not killed by the malach hamaves.

The Weeping Statue

It is well known that each month is aligned with one of the tribes of Israel, with Tammuz being aligned with Reuven. What is Reuven all about?

Back and Forth

The essence of Torah is to guide us in mastering a life of back and forth, inside and out, up and down; a life riding on the hinges for those seeking to find their voice, courage and inner greatness.

Redeeming Relevance: Moshe’s Last Chance

Moshe was ideally suited to the role of an intermediary between God’s immanent presence and Israel but not so well suited to leadership in front of a hidden God

Parshas Korach: The Ultimate Challenge

G-d is the only “force” that is completely sovereign and independent. The rest of creation, however, requires a dynamic giver-taker relationship.

Questions Have Answers – Answers Don’t Have Answers

Korach wasn’t approaching Moshe to seek the truth; his sole intention was to mock and discredit Moshe.

The Debt Of Pidyon Haben

The Vilna Gaon argues that that there is even more reason to permit doing pidyon haben via a shliach since pidyon haben is essentially repaying a debt.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Korach: When There is no Communication

The communication gap here is really two-sided. It certainly starts with Korach and his group, but it subsequently infects Moshe as well.

Korach: Rejecting Israel’s Leaders

We’ve seen Israel complain over and over, but never before have they tried to undermine and dispose of their leaders. Join us as we...

From The Outside Looking In

I definitely don't want even those who hurt me to be swallowed up by the earth, but I do wish a different place for them, just enough displacement for them to able to objectively look at themselves.

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.

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