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Protecting the Precious

Our Matzah is not Shmurah if we are unconcerned with those who have nothing to eat, or no Seder to join.

The Good Old Days

Our problem is that in the daily bustle of life we hardly ever stop to smell the flowers.

That’s Not My Suitcase!

We should never feel as if we are lugging around heavy suitcases of avodas Hashem.

Ours Is To Question Why

Of course, Aharon didn’t veer to the left or the right. This was the avodah in the Mishkan he was performing, and the directives came straight from Hashem!

Why Do We Bless The Children On Friday Night?

Judaism most certainly does not ascribe to the belief that there are powers other than Hashem who can stand in the way of His will.

Infectious Gratitude

Learning to give THANKS and preparing ourselves for Pesach.

Are Sacrifices Essential to Judaism? 

Why is the act of sacrifice so powerful psychologically?  Why do human beings naturally express themselves religiously through sacrifice, whether they are expressing fear or gratitude?

Answering The Call

We explore life through the lens of Torah through the entire year. Now that Pesach approaches, we pause and listen as this week we hear God's loving call as if For The First Time.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Vayikra: Happy Sins

Obviously, sin and happy are not words that go together well. But, says Rabbi Yochanan, when people admit to and atone for their sins, that is cause for happiness.

Parshiyot Vayakheil-Pikudei

No opportunity is too small to make a difference.

Mysterious Magic

The Tabernacle was more dangerous than the Red Heifer because absolutely everything about its construction and functioning seems so mysterious

Laziness Or Lack Of Motivation?

This is eye-opening, as it teaches us a fundamental concept. All growth requires change, and change requires energy.

Is Halakhic Sophistication Always a Virtue?

Torah thoughts on this week's parsha, Vayakhel-Pekudei

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem – Pray With all Your Heart

We may have thought that the first thing Mordechai would do after hearing about the decree of annihilation would be to run to Queen Esther and work on annulling it through their diplomatic and political connections. But that is not what happened.

For The Love Of Money

This Rashi seems difficult to understand when we focus on whom these people were and where this was taking place.

Redeeming Relevance: Did Moshe Decide to Break the Tablets?

Paradoxically, with Moshe’s desperate act, something positive happened. When the people realized what Moshe was responding to, it shook them to their foundations.

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?

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