Tzav- Grasping the Gravity of Gratitude

In Parshat Tzav, among all of the korbanot that are being introduced to us a second time, one stands out: אִם עַל-תּוֹדָה, יַקְרִיבֶנּוּ–וְהִקְרִיב עַל-זֶבַח הַתּוֹדָה חַלּוֹת מַצּוֹת בְּלוּלֹת בַּשֶּׁמֶן, וּרְקִיקֵי מַצּוֹת מְשֻׁחִים בַּשָּׁמֶן; וְסֹלֶת מֻרְבֶּכֶת, חַלֹּת בְּלוּלֹת בַּשָּׁמֶן. עַל-חַלֹּת לֶחֶם חָמֵץ, יַקְרִיב קָרְבָּנוֹ, עַל-זֶבַח, תּוֹדַת שְׁלָמָיו. וְהִקְרִיב מִמֶּנּוּ אֶחָד מִכָּל-קָרְבָּן, תְּרוּמָה לַיהוָה; לַכֹּהֵן, הַזֹּרֵק אֶת-דַּם הַשְּׁלָמִים–לוֹ יִהְיֶה. וּבְשַׂר, […]

Va’era- Incomplete Inheritance

Printer-friendly version available on Times of Israel website As we enter the holiday season, an air of happiness and contentedness spreads throughout the world. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, we are told- why? Because of a dead Nazarite’s birthday 2014 year ago? No silly, because of the presents. In the December holiday season, whether one is celebrating Chanuka, Christmas, or Kwanza, or commemorating […]

Vayishlach- Clarifying Completeness

Less than thirteen years ago, life in the United States felt like Cloud Nine, almost detached from the rest of the world where wars were being fought and terrorist attacks were being perpetrated. Existence was simply about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. On September 11, 2001, the USA rejoined the real the world […]

Beha’alotcha- Sporadic Spiritual Sojourns

SPORADIC SPIRITUAL SOJOURNS (על פי ה’ יסעו בני ישראל ועל פי ה’ יחנו כל ימי אשר ישכון הענן על המשכן יחנו” (במדבר ט’:י”ח” Our פרשה is distinctly divided into two sections, split in the middle with the short section of “ויהי בנסוע הארון,” where we read of the procedures that בני ישראל would go through […]