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
The remarkable gift of unity should be a powerful tool to further mankind and to further God’s will.
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...
The bikkurim declaration praises Gd & distills the Egyptian experience down to its spiritual essence
"Hamas" means "violent," via undue human pressure on a process not meant to be controlled by humans
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.
Shemot relates the transition from the story of one family-Yaakov’s-to the story of a nation-Israel
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?
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’s tremendous wealth considered with other points led rabbis to deduce Gad was very materialistic
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
The communication gap here is really two-sided. It certainly starts with Korach and his group, but it subsequently infects Moshe as well.
Paradoxically, with Moshe’s desperate act, something positive happened. When the people realized what Moshe was responding to, it shook them to their foundations.
Man in his ideal form is described as a speaker. Fitting that the sin most closely associated with tzaraat is misuse of speech.
Did you ever wonder if Yosef and his brothers ever conclusively put their past friction to rest?
A musical perspective on Parshat Ekev...
Bil’am’s character is complex and nuanced; neither purely good nor purely evil.
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?
Rambam warns that a festival meal without taking care of the needy isn't fulfilling simchat yom tov
The benefits of sacrificing-but not TOO much
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.
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.
Three laws seemingly unconnected and out of place: theft from a convert; sotah; and nazir. Why are they here, in Parshat naso?
The sages believed each of the Kohen Gadol's vestments brought atonement for a different type of sin
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.
Yakov realized there was a Divine plan all along; God did not inflict suffering on him for no reason
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
God wants man to maximize benefit from Creation only in ways that don’t compromise spiritual health
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?
Why did Moshe include part of Menashe together with Gad and Reuven in the Transjordanian settlement?