Ideas we feel compelled to share, insights we're desperate to impart, powerful experiences we reveal are all contagious, Torah conversations that are contagious build a Home for the Divine Presence.
A society needs laws to function, while at the same time it needs to provide opportunities within the structure for the human spirit to blossom.
Often he strove to aid Jews materially even before working to elevate them spiritually because an improved material life allows one’s spiritual life to thrive.
“We cannot keep the thunder and lightning of Sinai with us, but we can take the spirit of Sinai and incorporate it into mitzvoth – whether we are at the market, at home, in the bank or the car.
Mitzvos that seemed rational in earlier generations may seem irrational today.
The traditional understanding – that the Torah is referring to the monetary value of an eye – is not without its difficulties either
Torah is to be taught as healing, as a relationship, as nurturing. It is this Torah I love and that gives me life.
Inspiration-like a flash of lightning
The challenge is finding the delicate balance between knowing our calling and not burning ourselves out.
Only Yisro went deeper into what this all meant to him. He didn’t just hear – he changed.
Angels don’t anticipate a reward when they do Hashem’s bidding and therefore the mitzvos they perform are absolute and perfect.
These Ten Sayings weren’t about specific commandments, they were foundational ideas for the Jewish people, were said at that momentous event to capture what we were becoming by accepting the Torah. What mattered were Ten Sayings, however many commandments they reflected.
Many don’t realize that standards of Orthodox Jewry here before 1940 were incomparably lower than today.
Moshe was leading them, and I suspect that he knew exactly where to go. The cloud was not a GPS, it was a reminder of the benefit of having our heads in the clouds: The cloud was an invitation to extend their reach, to remind them that each time they
The Rebbe Rayatz treated everyone with the utmost respect, even doing material favors for many non-observant Jews.
If the great Galanter Rebbe had troubled himself to appear to him, there was no doubt that his decision to remain in the wine business would be to his advantage.
To what extent is a prophet of God allowed to improvise?
“The Torah, though, is not just telling us about Pharaoh; it’s also telling us about ourselves. In every one of us, a little Pharaoh is hiding who knows exactly what needs to be done but doesn’t do it.
Pity Netanyahu and Gantz weren’t “tough” like Moshe and Aaron, telling Trump, lay off our land, and watch us apply sovereignty to all of it, in front of the eyes of the whole world. And, you’re going to recognize it. There’s no such thing as “Palestinians,” and there will never be a “Palestinian State.”
Less than five years earlier, World War II had ended, which consumed a third of world Jewry, including most Torah-observant Jews. Almost all great Torah centers were destroyed.
One Minchah recited properly can change everything for the better.
Only one-fifth of the Jews left Egypt during the Exodus. Every Jew who left Egypt all presumably knew one or many relatives and friends who had not gotten out.
The most fundamental aspects of Torah are expressed in the most deceptively simple manner. Our job is to delve into these hidden aspects and reveal the inner depth behind them. There is probably no single object in the Torah which is more overlooked than Moshe's staff-yet how often do we ponder its paramount significance?
Among Custer's character flaws was his inability to look inward. When a problem arose he blamed others.
From the Rebbe’s absolute devotion to his father-in-law, chassidim have learned what the measure of their own devotion – what chassidim call hiskashrus – to their Rebbe should be.
"Moshe's life is inspiring and reassuring to children with learning disabilities and to their parents
Their assumption was predicated on the theory that Hashem operates based on middas hadin.
Though they share parents and ancestors, once the two lines diverge, the Torah tells us exclusively about Aharon’s descendants
The most dangerous thing in the world is to try to leap a chasm in two jumps. -David Lloyd George