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 Noach II

The remarkable gift of unity should be a powerful tool to further mankind and to further God’s will.

Redeeming Relevance on the Weekly Parsha: Chaye Sarah

At the beginning of this week's parsha, Rashi informs us that Sarah's death was no accident, but rather a result of hearing about Avraham...

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Ki Tavo

The bikkurim declaration praises Gd & distills the Egyptian experience down to its spiritual essence

Redeeming Relevance: Mishpatim

"Hamas" means "violent," via undue human pressure on a process not meant to be controlled by humans

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Naso: Holy Negativity is Still Negativity

Enjoyment of God’s world always comes with some innate meaning – something which is lacking in the case of abstinence, the case of the Nazir.

Redeeming Relevance in the Weekly Parsha: Yitro

Shemot relates the transition from the story of one family-Yaakov’s-to the story of a nation-Israel

Redeeming Relevance: Chaye Sarah: The Advantage of Disadvantage

Yishmael’s challenge was whether to come back at all. Having been so clearly rejected, why would he want to have anything more to do with his father Avraham?

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Korach: The Dangers of Delusion

We assume we know as well as our leaders less because they have failed to prove themselves or have shown deficiencies than because of our attachment to seeing ourselves a certain way. And, as was true of Korach and his group, we do so to our detriment.

Gad — The Tribe of the Nouveau Riche

Gad’s tremendous wealth considered with other points led rabbis to deduce Gad was very materialistic

Redeeming Relevance: Moshe’s Last Chance

Moshe was ideally suited to the role of an intermediary between God’s immanent presence and Israel but not so well suited to leadership in front of a hidden God

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Korach: When There is no Communication

The communication gap here is really two-sided. It certainly starts with Korach and his group, but it subsequently infects Moshe as well.

Redeeming Relevance: Did Moshe Decide to Break the Tablets?

Paradoxically, with Moshe’s desperate act, something positive happened. When the people realized what Moshe was responding to, it shook them to their foundations.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Metzorah: Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?

Man in his ideal form is described as a speaker. Fitting that the sin most closely associated with tzaraat is misuse of speech.

Redeeming Relevance: To Forgive is Divine… but not Exclusively

Did you ever wonder if Yosef and his brothers ever conclusively put their past friction to rest?

Redeeming Relevance in the Weekly Parsha: Balak

Bil’am’s character is complex and nuanced; neither purely good nor purely evil.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Balak: The Perspective of Prophecy

Bilaam not only doesn't appear to be great, he seems to be base as well as foolish (outsmarted by his own donkey!). So how can the midrash claim he was really at least as great a prophet as Moshe?

Redeeming Relevance in Parshat Tzav

Rambam warns that a festival meal without taking care of the needy isn't fulfilling simchat yom tov

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 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: 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: A Choshen Mishpat of our Very Own

The sages believed each of the Kohen Gadol's vestments brought atonement for a different type of sin

Redeeming Relevance: The Mother’s Sin Offering and God’s Need for Darkness

The ethics of each new birth represents a microcosm of that debate. We have good reason to hope that the education and upbringing we provide our children will ensure that they bring more good to the world than evil. But there is not a single one of us who can bring up even the best of our children to never do evil. And given that this is the case, giving birth is also an act of responsibility for the evil that one thereby adds to the world.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Vayigash: Too Much for Me, Too Much for You

Yakov realized there was a Divine plan all along; God did not inflict suffering on him for no reason

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 in the Weekly Parsha: Shemot

God wants man to maximize benefit from Creation only in ways that don’t compromise spiritual health

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Bo: When the Lights GO OFF

How did the Jews find grace in the eyes of the Egyptians, receiving gifts from their Egyptian neighbors as they left, when they were perceived as the source of all the plagues and destruction?

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Matot: Menashe — The Odd Man Out

Why did Moshe include part of Menashe together with Gad and Reuven in the Transjordanian settlement?

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