Hashem is more concerned for my good than I am. Hashem looks out for my interests more than I do myself.
Each prayer, each Shabbat, each festival, each mitzvah, is an opportunity to reconnect to that very different wedding at Sinai
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.
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
If we can make Hashem's presence even slightly more real to ourselves, it will be a great accomplishment!
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.
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.
The art--and history--of Jewish communication.
So why sing it? If the second shirah does not add any new ideas or even words, what was its purpose?
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.
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.
After Israel sings a song of thanksgiving, curiously, Miriam then leads the women of the nation in a second song. Why?
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.
They knew that if they performed acts of kindness with each other G-d would perform kindness with them.
We must struggle to understand, says the Rambam, the greatness and wisdom in the words of Chazal.
Even if the Egyptians prided themselves on ingenuity and advancements, they had to know they were most likely wrong when it came to accurately knowing when midnight was.
What growth can we achieve through the mitzvah of lighting special candles for Shabbos? What lesson does Hashem want us to learn from this mitzvah?
Pharaoh's stubbornness dooms Egypt. Had he let the Jews go at the first request, Egypt would have been spared from all the pain, death and destruction--the blame is his, neither Israel's nor G-d's
Understanding time, tefillin, and Torah and how they inexorably lead to: Empowerment
How did the Jews find grace in the eyes of the Egyptians, receiving gifts from their Egyptian neighbors as they left, when they were perceived as the source of all the plagues and destruction?
The Civil War was a conventional war with large massed armies arrayed against each other in set battles. These battles were more or less governed by accepted rules of war.
This story is compelling because Ford didn’t care about anyone but himself. He didn’t choose to be kind.
God hears, and responds. God hears our prayers, and in so doing, gives voice to a powerful message of love. Can you hear it?
How seriously should we take frogs as halakhic authorities? On one level the answer is clear: not at all. Frogs do not have free will, or moral responsibility, and anyone one who thinks this midrash believes otherwise defames Chazal. Froggish martyrdom cannot teach us proper Jewish behavior, any more than froggish diet can teach us that insects are kosher.
A therapist will show the child a picture of a person’s face and then help her identify the emotion that person was most likely feeling.