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 […]

Maaseh Avot Siman L’Banim

This week we read Parshat Zachor, the second of the Arba Parshiot, the four special Torah readings that are added to Kriyat HaTorah between Rosh Chodesh Adar (or slightly before) and Rosh Chodesh Nissan. In light of the ongoing war with Hamas in Gaza, as well as the continued “low intensity” fighting with Hezbollah on […]

Shabbat Shalom

Warning: The following shiur is not based on pshat, the simple reading of the text,  but rather on a statement in the Zohar. Despite my own personal affinity to pshat style learning, I think that the message is critical and hence the investment in the following shiur. Our parsha opens with the mitzvah of shabbat […]