There are 613 commandments in the Torah. Why does Mishpatim, the first law code, begin where it does, concerned with slavery and freedom?
Whether it is a sefardi shul with enchanting makams, a Chassidic shteibel with fire and passion, or an Ashkenaz minyan with beautiful tunes and heartfelt tefillos – serving through silence just does not exist!
We now have risen to an even higher world, and our perspective of the world is getting clearer.
The actual event for which we give thanksgiving and sing Hallel is the salvation of the Jewish people.
Agnon's words at the Nobel ceremony resonated for a proud observant Jew embracing a momentous occasion.
Without vast preparation, one cannot even think of going to outer space.
B’chol dirachecha da’eihu, vehu yiyasher orchosecha – In all your ways know Him and He will smooth your paths
Rashi is troubled that thievery is being treated as the pivotal point of the world’s existence. There are many sins that are worse.
The first step in repentance is to say to Hashem that until now we lived as if we were not in front of You, but now we have come back.
Sure, we are much better than the atheist who only sees the truth when it may be too late to start living a life of faith.
The Gemara (Brachos 30a) states that when a person prays he should always include himself as part of the community.
At that point we begin to understand that fast days provide us with a great gift: the chance to become close to the King of the Universe.
People who suffer from anxiety say that they simply do not have a moment of peace. They feel like they are locked in a prison and are terrified to be with themselves.
Were it not for the great and infinite love that Hashem has for us, we would not have received the Torah, nor would we dare ask for the gift of Torah on a regular basis.
“These days of counting are similar to the days of Chol HaMoed that are in between the first and last day of Sukkos . . .”
We would assume the selfish person would be happy. After all, he is singly focused on what’s good for him.
Stopping there, the Jewish people looked up and saw the Egyptians chasing after them.
Witnessing the ten plagues, that spark was fanned into a roaring flame of faith, and they woke up, until they actually lived based on that faith. How?
Not honoring your own voice begins to erode who you are and what you have to offer in this world.
A tribute to Rav Ovadia Yosef on his Shloshim.
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