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Food For The Soul

The nefesh habahami on the other hand is comprised of the base instincts necessary for survival.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Shemini: The Price of Holiness

The Meshech Chochmah states that had Israel not sinned with the golden calf, God would not have punished Aharon’s sons so severely.

Shemini: Why Did God Reject Nadav and Avihu

This week's parsha discusses the sudden and disturbing death of two of Aharon's sons, Nadav and Avihu

Being Like Hashem

He didn’t choose to be kind. He didn’t want to feel the pain of others. In fact, he tried his best to squelch this sensitivity.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Shmini: When Intelligence is Not Enough

In commenting on the story of Nadav and Avihu, Aharon’s two sons who died while presenting a fire offering to God, Rashi does something...

Talk The Talk Vs. Walk The Walk

The mitzvah is called sippur yetzias Mitzrayim – telling the story of how Hashem took us out of Egypt. Why is there an emphasis on the telling?

Pesach – Season Of Emunah

He feels joy in his heart as he revels in the abundance of his bumper crop. And then he looks out at his neighbor’s field. Meager. Undergrown. Spotty.

Tzav: What Does It Mean To Survive?

In this week's video, we explore a section of Talmud that teaches about the 4 individuals who would bring a Thanksgiving sacrifice - but one of these four doesn't belong. Who is it?

Redeeming Relevance: Pesach’s Missing Eighth Day

Appreciate that Pesach is NOT meant to end on the seventh day, but at Shavuot. With that in mind, we need to work harder to accept making the days of sefirat ha-omer into days akin to chol ha-moed

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem – My Loving Master

After living as slaves for so many years, we could now be transformed into avdei Hashem - Hashem's slaves.

The Supremacy Of Sacrifices

We have lost the idea of what it is to give ourselves to Hashem with totality and completeness.

Vayikra – With A Small Aleph

So am I deserving of honor? The body I occupy sure is; just look at what it can do. But I am that little guy inside – small, insignificant, unimportant.

Voices Large & Small

Vayikra, "He called," ends with a mini-Aleph, teaching us that Moses could hear the Call because he learned at Sinai to listen to the other side of silence, the world's smaller sounds and the people he led

Vayikra: Can Leaders Make Mistakes?

In this video, Rabbi Fohrman contrasts the Torah's perspective of power and justice to the philosophy of Richard Nixon's famous line - "When the president does it, it is not illegal."

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Vayikra: Ownership, Chametz and the Sacrificial Conundrum

There is likely some connection between the prohibition of chametz on the altar and the chametz which is more likely on our minds as we rid our homes of this most challenging foodstuff.

A New Year – Parshat HaChodesh

On Shabbat we will read of two events that took place on the first of Nisan.

Shabbos Mevorchim Nissan

The comfort and chizuk these wives offered their husbands, uplifting their morale, did not escape our all-seeing Father in heaven.

Parshat Vayakhel-Pikudei

Anyone from any tribe can rise to greatness so long as he or she has the vision, drive, and talent.

Where Are The Gedolim Today?

While this is a beautiful illustration of the giving nature of a tzaddik, there is as subtle message here: the man stole a spoon from the Chofetz Chaim. How was that possible?

Connecting To Ourselves

"The Lord settles lonely individuals into the House (Psalms 68:7)." His House that "dwells in the heart of each individual" is meant to provide a place for the lonely; those disconnected from themselves

Vayakhel – What Does It Mean To Be Created In The Image Of God?

Both the mishkan and Shabbat are in this week's parsha. What is the thematic, conceptual connection between the two?

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Vayakhel: A Surprise Leader

From the beginning of the building project, the financial and physical contribution of all Jews was sought. There was a need to show that the Torah’s tabernacle was where all Jews stand equal before God

Permanent Departure

The Red Cow which was completely burnes symbolizes the eradication of one's past.

The Message Buried In Snow

It is difficult to begin to do teshuvah as if the geula is imminent when we do not really think that it will happen.

Ki Tisa: Moshe’s Benevolent Chutzpah

In this video, Rabbi Fohrman focuses on a bizarre question that Moshe asks God, "Why God, should you be angry at your people?" and reminds us that God and the nation of Israel are attached by destiny

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