The Light of Reason

The light of reason, unless derived from a godly source, may fail to live up to its illumination. Consider that the deification of reason, within the framework of the Age of Enlightenment, was a status given to an attribute that we only have from the Creator. Removed from its origin, reason becomes an independent quality,Continue reading “The Light of Reason”

The Golden Opportunity

B”H weekly reading: parashas Terumah 5781 – the Golden Ark “Overlay it with pure gold—overlay it inside and out—and make upon it a gold molding round about.” – Exodus 25:11, JPS The Ark of the Covenant was built by Betzalel, who was consigned as artist extraordinaire, in charge of the building of the Mishkan (Tabernacle),Continue reading “The Golden Opportunity”

Hear Ye, Hear Ye

B”H “And he took the Book of the Covenant and read it within the hearing of the people, and they said, “All that the Lord spoke we will do and we will hear.” – Exodus 24:7, Tanach, chabad.org The crux of avodah (service) is built on faith, as is mentioned elsewhere, “the righteous shall liveContinue reading “Hear Ye, Hear Ye”

The Weightless Burden

“For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not too hard for thee, neither is it far off.” – Deuteronomy 30:11 When Moses brought the Ten Commandments down the mountain at Sinai, the actual tablets were not burdensome to him. Their weight was not an impediment at all; nor, was he encumberedContinue reading “The Weightless Burden”

Myopic Vision

Was Pharaoh deceived? Or did he deceive himself? G-d led the Children of Israel in a roundabout way to the Sea of Reeds, so that they would not have to be confronted by the Philistines, when passing by their territory. Otherwise, they might have fled back to Egypt at the prospect of war. Having escapedContinue reading “Myopic Vision”

Inner Spark

“All the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.” – Exodus 10:23, JPS 1917 Tanach Three days of darkness fell upon Egypt, as the ninth plague was enacted. Yet, there was light in the dwellings of the Children of Israel, who lived apart from the Egyptians in the land of Goshen. This is inContinue reading “Inner Spark”

Sooner the Better

B”H parashas Va’eira 5781 (Exodus 6:2 – 9:35) Despite our own impatience, in a world of instant gratification, at times, life may convey in no uncertain terms, that situations may get worse, before they can get better. This appears to be the case for the Children of Israel who had been enslaved for several hundredContinue reading “Sooner the Better”

Never Forget

And G-d heard their groaning, and G-d remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.” – Exodus 2:24, JPS 1917 Tanach For four hundred years, the Children of Israel were enslaved in Egypt. Upon crying out to G-d day and night, perhaps, they began to wonder when the Redeemer would arrive. The questionContinue reading “Never Forget”

Forgiveness

B”H “And as for you, ye meant evil against me; but G-d meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” – Genesis 50:20, JPS 1917 Tanach Joseph’s perspective, in regard to the events in his life, spanning a period of twenty-two years, was such thatContinue reading “Forgiveness”

Joseph’s Revelation

B”H “Ani Yoseph (I am Joseph).” – Genesis 45:3 Joseph had devised a test of his brother’s loyalty towards their brother Benjamin, who was Joseph’s full brother; their mother was Rachel, Jacob’s first love. He created circumstances whereof he was able to take Benjamin as a servant, because of his alleged guiltiness in the incidentContinue reading “Joseph’s Revelation”

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