More than once I've noticed that what the Torah wants to say and how it says it - are one. One example can be found in our Parasha (Bamidbar) where we are told about the formation of the tribes around the Tabernacle. The Camp of Israel, the Machaneh Israel was actually four minor camps, each … Continue reading Unity of Means & Contents in the Torah
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
Today is La"g BaOmer, which is a special day not only because of the Sefira itself, and because it's the day in which ceased the plague which inhilated 24,000 of Rabbi Akiva's pupils. It is also the Hilula of Rabbi Simon Bar Yochai זיע"א, the day of his parting from this world. Rashb"i was a … Continue reading Where was Kabala before Rabbi Shimon?
Every year, around La"g Baomer, our Kolel of Torah studies sets out to the North to the Galilee to the Tombs of the Righteous, for a lovely (and hopefully useful) excursion. The word for "north" in Hebrew is צפון, Tzafon. It is derived from the verb צפן, Tzafan, which means to hide, most usually a … Continue reading My Journey to the Tombs of the Tzadikim in the Galilee (2017) – part 1, about the North
Now is the time for a bit of Pirkey Avot! עֲקַבְיָא בֶּן מַהֲלַלְאֵל אוֹמֵר: הִסְתַּכֵּל בִּשְׁלֹשָׁה דְּבָרִים וְאֵין אַתָּה בָּא לִידֵי עֲבֵרָה. דַּע, מֵאַיִן בָּאתָ וּלְאָן אַתָּה הוֹלֵךְ וְלִפְנֵי מִי אַתָּה עָתִיד לִתֵּן דִּין וְחֶשְׁבּוֹן. מֵאַיִן בָּאתָ - מִטִּפָּה סְרוּחָה, וּלְאָן אַתָּה הוֹלֵךְ - לִמְקוֹם עָפָר רִמָּה וְתוֹלֵעָה, וְלִפְנֵי מִי אַתָּה עָתִיד לִתֵּן דִּין וְחֶשְׁבּוֹן … Continue reading Pirkey Avot chap. 3 Mishnah 1, an Insight
The definition of holiness, sanctity, in Loshon Hakodesh, in Hebrew, is to be "set apart", be nivdal. When you sanctify something, you take it away from all other things and give it special importance. It becomes absolute, and all else - only relative. As Rashi says in our Parasha: בכל מקום שאתה מוצא פרישות גדר ערוה … Continue reading To be AND not to be – That is the Answer
The only month which every year is completely absorbed in Sefirat-Haomer is Iyar. Nissan and Sivan are only partially in the Sefira. The Sefira is a period of preparation for receiving the Torah on Mt Sinai on 6th Sivan - Shavuot, both for our forefathers historically, and for us today. A totally parallel proceeding is … Continue reading Iyar & Shvat – Twins???