Bending Bars & Hassidut

In Parashat Naso we learn about the Mitzvah of Nazir, the Byblical Jewish hermit. That's a person who has been exposed to some unlawful conduct, as witness or participant, and wishes to cleanse his soul.  הרואה סוטה בקלקולה יזיר עצמו מן היין He who has witnessed a Sotah (a divergent woman) in her downfall should vow … Continue reading Bending Bars & Hassidut

Their Torah or Ours?

The Midrash says that our forefathers, Avraham, Yizhak & Yaakov, fulfilled all of the 613 Mitzvot of the Torah, of their own initiative, through their own intuition. קיימו האבות את התורה, אפילו עירובי תבשילים. Our fathers fulfilled the Torah - even Eruvey Tavshilin!  (which is a decree of our Sages, obviously at a much later age). … Continue reading Their Torah or Ours?

My Journey to the Tombs of the Tzadikim in the Galilee (2017) – part 2, R’ Nehemiah HaAmsouni

Kinneret view near Parod, the Galilee, Israel

One of the least known tombs of the Tzadikim in the Galilee is the tomb of Rabbi Nehemiah HaAmsouni (ר' נחמיה העמסוני) at Parod. It resides right next to another tomb - Rabbi Yishmael Baal HaBraytot (ר' ישמעאל בעל הברייתות) and it is one of the prettiest spots on Earth, to my mind. To see … Continue reading My Journey to the Tombs of the Tzadikim in the Galilee (2017) – part 2, R’ Nehemiah HaAmsouni