According to the Baal haTurim the snakes created by the magicians represented Phaorah himself
Understanding relationships leading to understanding the parsha
For humans, reducing flesh is generally a good thing whereas its expansion is generally a bad thing
Despite unequal status, teamwork is the surest route to harmony and maximum self-expression.
Vayikra, the Torah’s middle book, gives the critical light to the Torah's other books around it.
That man is more than flesh is obvious to the Torah, but the Torah’s task is to make it obvious to man.
Why is the status or identity of this seemingly central tree not mentioned before Adam sinned. Was it permitted at that time or forbidden?
There is likely some connection between the prohibition of chametz on the altar and the chametz which is more likely on our minds as we rid our homes of this most challenging foodstuff.
Yakov realized there was a Divine plan all along; God did not inflict suffering on him for no reason
The art--and history--of Jewish communication.
For most of us, sacred spaces help us to focus, whereas we would otherwise not focus at all. Hence they are worth the opportunity cost they create. But we are well advised to keep that cost in mind. The fact that we are able to focus on God in the synagogue does not mean we should forget God outside!
Mighty Amalek deliberately attacked enemy's weakest members, despicable even by ancient standards
Parshat Achrei Mot represents a transition in the book of Vayikra from an emphasis on Aharon and his sons to the Jewish people as a whole
Moshe saw all the Jews as one whole, it was the ones in front of him who served as the representatives for all those who had lived and would live in the future.
The Meshech Chochmah states that had Israel not sinned with the golden calf, God would not have punished Aharon’s sons so severely.
The Torah recognizes the phenomenon of leadership and brings it to our attention subtly in the Book of Bemidbar, through the way it lists the names of the different tribes.
Though God can’t benefit from gifts to him the best way to create a relationship is by giving to Him
What did Yehudah say that was so effective that it convinced Yosef to make himself known?
Paradoxically, it is when we confront evil we have the opportunity to make the world a better place.
Rather than keeping it only to herself, Chava showed her love for her husband by sacrificing her own consumption of the fruit, allowing him to eat part of it instead.
Like Rivkah before them, neither Rachel nor Leah created the situation that was about to have extraordinary influence on the rest of their lives and, ultimately, on the lives of countless others
So what is melakhah, and how is it different than avodah? And why is that only Moshe sees it that way. Finally, why is blessing something that seems to flow directly out of it?
Paradoxically, the sin of the calf ended up strengthening Moshe and the Jewish people with a new consciousness.
When Moshe is told about the plague of the first born (4:22-23), God gives an explanation, something we do not see with any of the other plagues. Yet is it actually middah keneged middah?
The communication gap here is really two-sided. It certainly starts with Korach and his group, but it subsequently infects Moshe as well.