When one reads about the wrath of G-d in the story of the Meraglim, the spies sent to scout the Land of Israel, one finds that to trust in G-d, to be confident in his care for us, to be optimistic, is no privilege, not something we may or may not do, but an obligation. … Continue reading The Right to be Afraid
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
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
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???
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