Actions and the Victims that Define Them

At the end of this week’s parsha, a blasphemer is heard, caught and brought to Moshe; ignorant as to the proper punishment, Moshe places the transgressor in jail until God responds to his judiciary query. The sentence: death by stoning. But, strangely, along with the specific response concerning the blasphemer, God adds in some additional […]

The Two Wings of Love and Awe

After eight days of inauguration of the mishkan, the glory of the Shechina, the Divine presence finally comes down and rests upon the handiwork of the people, but the joy is short-lived when Nadav and Avihu, two of Aharon’s sons, enter the holy of holies with fire pans of incense in what the Torah calls […]