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Redeeming Relevance: Zot HaBeraKha: A Grave Apart

It was not enough for Moshe to die by himself, however; his separation from family and nation had to be total, even after his death. And so his burial spot would need to be hidden from all.

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: Vayishev

Yehudah, more suited to the role, became leader and not Yosef- the very public candidate for the job

Redeeming Relevance in the Weekly Parsha: Vayakehel/Pikudei

Torah is written with a human bent; As the Talmud says, "The Torah speaks in the language of men."

Redeeming Relevance: Chaye Sarah: What Happened to Yitzchak?

Yitzchak, did not go to Be’er Lechai Ro’ee to pray or meditate. Rather he was on a mission, and that mission was to return Hagar to Avraham in marriage.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Ekev: Making Gratitude Count

Is the source for saying Birkat HaMazon as obvious as we normally assume?

Redeeming Relevance in the Weekly Parsha: Ki Tissa

Aharon’s guilt with the golden calf is not clear-cut. What if Moshe were in his brother’s place?

The Fathers-in-Law: Lavan and Yitro

Of all the many fathers-in-law in the Bible, only Yitro & Lavan are singled out for this designation

Redeeming Relevance in the Weekly Parsha: Tetzaveh

What about the Temple service required God to intervene commanding Aaron what he needed to wear?

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?

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Kedoshim: The Ten Commandments’ New Spin

With the 10 Commandments, G-d is described as the One who took the Jews out of Egypt. In Parshat Kedoshim, He is described simply as being "holy." Both phrases set the tone for the list that follows.

Redeeming Relevance in the Weekly Parsha: Vayishlach

By the time Yaakov becomes Yisrael, however, his worldview has changed dramatically.

Redeeming Relevance on the Weekly Parsha: Terumah

The notion of duality is paradoxically a very important part of God’s unity.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Vayikra: Ownership, Chametz and the Sacrificial Conundrum

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.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Re’eh: Spilling Blood and Spilling Water

In view of the seeming sanctity that the Torah imparts to blood, why would it tell us to spill animal blood indiscriminately?

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 Emor II: No Time to Think

The Torah is telling us something here: Though we may sometimes act too rashly, there are times when rash action is the only way to prevent a complete catastrophe.

Redeeming Relevance: Mishpatim

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

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Re’eh

God's greatest gift for growth & coming closer to Him is "feedback;" Eretz Israel is set up that way

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Vaera: Wasn’t Moshe a Prophet?

Moshe complained to God that even though he would have the best human understanding of the Divine will, he had difficulty bringing it down to regular people. That role-"turgaman/navi"-Aharon filled

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 Vayakhel: A Surprise Leader

From the beginning of the building project, the financial and physical contribution of all Jews was sought. There was a need to show that the Torah’s tabernacle was where all Jews stand equal before God

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 in the Weekly Parsha: Noach

Our intentions are critical in raising children because they mimic everything we parents do & think

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?

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