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

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

Tzara-at (Byblical Leprosy) in Correction of the Primordial Sin

The Rambam in his More Nevuchim (Guide to the Perplexed) almost at the start of the book asks a question about the sin in the Garden of Eden: נמצא חוטא נשכר! It seems that the sinner has gained from his sin! Adam and Eve were placed in a Garden where there was a Tree of … Continue reading Tzara-at (Byblical Leprosy) in Correction of the Primordial Sin