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?

The Alphabetical Secret of א”ת ב”ש and Independence Day

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

7th Day of Pesach – Who We Really Are (continued)

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)