Israel on Mt Sinai used a strange formula. נעשה ונשמע We shall do, (perform, observe) , and we shall hear It should have been vice versa! First you hear and listen, then you do what should be done. Of course "hear" here means harken, understand. Our vow at Mt Sinai was to observe the Mitzvot, … Continue reading The Secret of the Angels
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?
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?
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???
This evening it's Yom Ha-Atzmaut, Israel's Independence Day (69) and we all know that for some religious Jews that's not a happy, let alone, holy day. However I was always fascinated by those Jews who regard this day as a perfectly religious Moed (holiday). It's certainly not written anywhere in the Bible, nor in the … Continue reading The Alphabetical Secret of א”ת ב”ש and Independence Day
What a relief it is to begin again saying Tahnun in prayer... From the beginning of Nissan we do not mention our own sins and confess them in prayer, because in holidays we think only positive and try not to look at what's bad (plenty of time for that the rest of the year) - … Continue reading Our True Self – Back to Tahnun
In the previous post I spoke about the necessity for an "11th plague" to be inflicted upon the Egyptians - the parting of the Red Sea; in order to show the world who the people of Israel really are. And this was proved, just after the miracle, by the people's spontaneous bursting into that perfect praise … Continue reading 7th Day of Pesach – Who We Really Are (continued)