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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

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Ki Tissa: Prayer and the Jewish Mission

Paradoxically, the sin of the calf ended up strengthening Moshe and the Jewish people with a new consciousness.

Redeeming Relevance: The Torah’s Atomic Weapon

Man is attracted to the short cut that the supernatural road provides; there is a place for the supernatural in God’s world. It is tucked away under lock and key not for us to use.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Teruma: Lessons from Oz and the Voice of God

In fact, loudness and brightness are not intrinsically Godly at all. On the contrary, the truer place to find God is in the still-small voices all around us.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Mishpatim: Can an Angel Be Wrong?

27 Shevat 5777 – February 23, 2017
Towards the end of this week’s parsha, God speaks about a malach that he will send in front of the Jewish people but it is not clear what He is referring to. We will consider one understanding

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Yitro: Good Failures and Bad Failures

18 Shevat 5777 – February 14, 2017
No one is surprised that the Torah wasn’t given immediately after the Jews left Egypt, even though it was the first logical time for such an event to happen. But why not earlier or later on the trek?

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Beshalach: The Sin of Nostalgia

11 Shevat 5777 – February 7, 2017
The role that God played towards the Jews in the desert was not far removed from that of a parent. While they were on the desert, He provided them with the challenges that would allow them to mature

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Bo: How Do You Translate First Born?

5 Shevat 5777 – January 31, 2017
When Moshe is told about the plague of the first born (4:22-23), God gives an explanation, something we do not see with any of the other plagues. Yet is it actually middah keneged middah?

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Vaera: Wasn’t Moshe a Prophet?

27 Tevet 5777 – January 24, 2017
Moshe complained to God that even though he would have the best human understanding of the Divine will, he had difficulty bringing it down to regular people. That role-"turgaman/navi"-Aharon filled

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Shemot: Of Faith and Flexibility

19 Tevet 5777 – January 17, 2017
While Moshe may have eventually become even greater than the avos, we must always strive for the faith of his predecessors and for the inner flexibility that such true faith brings with it.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Veyechi: The Subversive Forefather and his Conformist Son

12 Tevet 5777 – January 10, 2017
Ya’akov decides to prioritize the younger son, Ephraim, over the older Menashe

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Vayigash: Yosef‘s Invitation in to Exile

Yosef wanting to see his father Yakov again is understandable. Perhaps Yosef could not have left Egypt to do so. But did Yosef’s desire to see him justify making his father leave Israel for Egypt?

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Miketz: Yosef’s Descent

28 Kislev 5777 – December 27, 2016
We generally assume that Yosef, as a victim of cruelty and not its perpetrator, had nothing to regret. Yet a careful reading shows he had a significant role in creating the tension with his brothers

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Vayeshev: The Rhymes and Rhythms of Biblical History

21 Kislev 5777 – December 20, 2016
How could Ya’akov make the same 'mistake' as his father, to favor one child over another after all the troubles that plagued him resulting from Yitzchak favoring Esav?

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Vayishlach: Who Buried Rivkah?

13 Kislev 5777 – December 13, 2016
The actual tale of Rivkah and Esav is of a mother who continued to care and love a delinquent child who became a problematic adult, proving she will always be his mother and he will always be her son.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Vayetzeh: Catch the Bull by the Horns… or get Gored

7 Kislev 5777 – December 7, 2016
Like Rivkah before them, neither Rachel nor Leah created the situation that was about to have extraordinary influence on the rest of their lives and, ultimately, on the lives of countless others

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Toldot: The Uncertainty of Parenthood

28 Heshvan 5777 – November 29, 2016
On the one hand, we see that Rivkah was right about Ya’akov’s potential. On the other hand, we will never be sure who was right about Esav.

Redeeming Relevance: Chaye Sarah: What Happened to Yitzchak?

23 Heshvan 5777 – November 23, 2016
Yitzchak, did not go to Be’er Lechai Ro’ee to pray or meditate. Rather he was on a mission, and that mission was to return Hagar to Avraham in marriage.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Vayeira: No Questions Asked

14 Heshvan 5777 – November 15, 2016
Isn't it surprising that Avraham who prayed for Sodom's salvation did not protest God commanding him to kill his own son? For the Netziv, this was actually exactly what God wanted from Avraham. Why?

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Lech Lecha: Avoiding Too Much Virtue

9 Heshvan 5777 – November 10, 2016
While we read of tests of Avraham, it is clear that Sarah endured tests of her own. According to Ramban, she failed her test in her treatment of Hagar

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