“Life in Eretz Yisrael presents unique challenges, many of them spiritual. But, unlike challenges everywhere else in the world, they are directly from Hashem, and we do a great disservice to ourselves by taking them as “mikreh,” and not seeing them as a message from Hashem.
וַיְדַבֵּ֣ר ה’ אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֥ה וְאֶֽל־אַהֲרֹ֖ן לֵאמֹֽר׃ כִּ֤י תָבֹ֙אוּ֙ אֶל־אֶ֣רֶץ כְּנַ֔עַן אֲשֶׁ֥ר אֲנִ֛י נֹתֵ֥ן לָכֶ֖ם לַאֲחֻזָּ֑ה וְנָתַתִּי֙ נֶ֣גַע צָרַ֔עַת בְּבֵ֖ית אֶ֥רֶץ אֲחֻזַּתְכֶֽם׃ And Hashem spoke to Moshe and Aharon saying: When you come to Eretz Canaan which I will give to you as an inheritance and I will put tzara’at on the houses of the land which […]
Our sedra opens with a discussion of the impurities which a woman who has just given birth experiences, and the length of time which she remains impure after giving birth to a son or daughter. The Zohar (beginning of Tazria) doesn’t waste any time in getting off subject, immediately quoting a passuk from the beginning of […]
In our sedra, at what is perhaps the climax of chanukat hamishkan, Aharon’s precious two older sons are killed by a heavenly fire, after they offer an “אש זרה” in the heichal. We’ve already discussed that this may have been a well-intentioned error, a drunken mistake, or Nadav and Avihu just being in the wrong […]
In the world of behavioral psychology, one of the most powerful motivators for human behavior is doubt. Human nature dictates that as long as a person is sure of their beliefs and intentions, they cannot be stopped- one need not look farther than the inspiring example of the thousands of olim who come to Israel every year, […]
Forty eight years ago, to the day, the Jewish People were not in a good position. The Egyptian army blocked the Straits of Tiran, a clear act of aggression against Israel, which encouraged her other neighbors to also draw battle lines and prepare for a war to end all wars. While Israel’s greatest allies worked […]
In the midst of a sedra which begins by discussing the sanctity of the Jewish People’s connection to Eretz Yisrael (Shemita, Yovel), the theme quickly jumps to the sanctity of Jews’ relationships with other Jews. A theme quickly develops of the importance of helping out a fellow Jew in need (the repeated phrase “כי ימוך […]