The Lubavitcher Rebbe points out that this powerful exchange between the Jewish people and Hashem emphasizes our extraordinary special relationship with Hashem.
A Jew has the power to bring merit to all of mankind.
We are like poor people who do not know they are poor and how rich they could be.
The Tisha b'Av experience is a spiritual affliction, "Acedia," a "sadness, a disgust with life, which comes from our inability to get along with ourselves, our disunion with God."
Most of Devarim is Moshe’s series of parting lectures to the Jewish people. Two things about them are clearly felt – the first is that they are long, often abstract and sometimes even appear repetitive; and the second is that Moshe accordingly uses diverse tactics to keep the Jews listening.
On Shiva Assar B’Tammuz, the sin of the golden calf occurred. If we had not sinned on that day, Moshe would have come down from Mount Sinai without breaking the tablets and would have given them to us with great celebration.
Even though he knew it was possible he would forfeit his inheritance, he refused to dishonor the grave.
Most of us aren’t on this level and don’t actually see it, so what’s the point of telling us we’re being shown this vision?
The fame of heroes owes little to the extent of their conquests and all to the success of the tributes paid to them. -Jean Genet
What baselines have we accepted? What properly unacceptable behavior has become common, ordinary, the baseline we didn’t stop to notice?
You write the story of your journey through life. You choose whether to give pleasant or unpleasant names to the stations along the way.
Since the Torah – which is the epitome of truth – states that studying about the Beis HaMikdash is like building the Beis HaMikdash, it must be so, even on a physical level.
In a lecture delivered by Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto shlit”a regarding contemporary times, he describes the singular proven method to merit salvation in these days...
The Ari writes that in the future, the 22 letters of the aleph beis will descend and, through them, everyone will be resurrected.
The notion that all men are created equal is a modern myth. The truth is that all men are created differently
What do we do in the face of this corona that has not disappeared as we expected?
Yehoshua humbled himself with purity of heart for the sake of Heaven, and engaged in the menial tasks of setting up chairs and preparing the beis medrash.
Now is an excellent opportunity for whoever has not yet participated in this rewarding study to start, thereby uniting with hundreds of thousands of other Jews around the world.
Sometimes, life requires immediate action that cannot be fully predicted or prescribed.
A birthday marks the day one’s soul descended to earth to fulfill its unique Divine mission. It therefore is an opportunity to take stock of how well one is accomplishing one’s mission.
Each day of a person’s life in this world is a gift, borrowed time, to learn more Torah and do more mitzvos.
So I ask you, who’s stronger HaShem, or Trump, Johnson, the EU and UN?
Each tent faced a different direction so that no one could see into the tent of anyone else.
a different leader of the next generation steps up and takes action. That leader was Pinchas...True leaders like Pinchas don’t come out of leadership schools. When the time is ripe, they simply emerge.
Must there be a reason for everything?
Korach was the hero of the hour. His ratings and the spirit of the times were on his side.
Tefillah is only m’drabbanan, but the avoidance of machlokes is m’doraysa.
By expressing, in terms they could comprehend, the Torah’s profound mystical secrets, he provided his disciples a window into his own overarching perspective and exalted vision.
With Moshe at the rock, I wonder whether the Gemara implies Moshe had trouble believing words alone could do the trick.
The nation had nothing to do. There was no mission to accomplish, no sense of urgency, and about this our sages wrote: "Idleness leads to boredeom and boredom leads to sin."