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The Sukkah and Exile’s Positive Side

Sukkot is a holiday that brings a unique inner peace – a peace that would seem to resemble the messianic era, a universal acceptance of God’s moral and spiritual order; an order that is best advanced by helping the Jewish people serve God and further educate mankind.

Redeeming Relevance: Moshe’s International Grave

It seems important for the Torah’s central prophet to have been someone with whom gentiles could identify. And being buried outside of Israel may well have been part of that

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Ki Tavo: Moshe’s Speech to Jews Living Today

Moshe saw all the Jews as one whole, it was the ones in front of him who served as the representatives for all those who had lived and would live in the future.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Shoftim: Of Witnesses, Keruvim and Clones

The Torah's standard for convicting a criminal is set much higher than many contemporary systems of law, that accept one witness. In practice, that means the Torah prefers to let criminals off, rather than punish the innocent

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Ekev: Making Gratitude Count

Is the source for saying Birkat HaMazon as obvious as we normally assume?

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Devarim: The Torah’s Insistence that Uganda be for the Ugandans

As the Jewish nation and the Jewish state become more powerful, we have a greater responsibility to contribute more resources to developing nations. It would be a Kiddush HaShem.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Pinchas: The Yehoshua Moshe Did Not Know

Moshe was not able to see that Yehoshua was fit for the job. On some level, this seems strange considering their long-standing relationship.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Chukat: Why Didn’t Miriam Cross the Jordan?

The water supply in the wilderness had been dependent on Miriam’s presence. Hence, as soon as she dies, the Jews had no water. In turn, that lack brought about Moshe's disastrous interaction at the boulder.

Redeeming Relevance: Parsht Shelach: When Silence is not Golden

Yehoshua and Calev's mistake was what they could have done earlier: They must have known their colleagues’ negative inclination. The Torah’s silence on whether they tried to change the mind of the other spies speaks to their own silence as well.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Naso: The Place of the Displaced, the Replaced and the Misplaced

Three laws seemingly unconnected and out of place: theft from a convert; sotah; and nazir. Why are they here, in Parshat naso?

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Behar-Bechukotai: The Final Step to Holiness

Behar is primarily about ways to prevent Jews from descending into cycles of poverty; Bechukotai reinforces the laws of Vayikra by spelling out the consequences of following or not following the laws

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Kedoshim: The Ten Commandments’ New Spin

With the 10 Commandments, G-d is described as the One who took the Jews out of Egypt. In Parshat Kedoshim, He is described simply as being "holy." Both phrases set the tone for the list that follows.

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.

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...

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

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.

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?

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

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

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?

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?

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

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