My Journey to the Tombs of the Tzadikim in the Galilee (2017) – part 1, about the North

Kinneret view near Parod, the Galilee, Israel

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

Pirkey Avot chap. 3 Mishnah 1, an Insight

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

To be AND not to be – That is the Answer

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