the Ascent of Prayer

B”H “And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold the angels of G-d ascending and descending on it.” – Genesis 28:12, JPS 1917 Tanach After the debacle of Esau’s temper, became known, Jacob was sent away to find a wife inContinue reading “the Ascent of Prayer”

Human Nature

“And the children struggled within her.” – Genesis 25:22, JPS 1917 Tanach “And the boys grew; and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a quiet man, dwelling in tents.” – Genesis 25:27, JPS 1917 Tanach Jacob received his name, from the root word eikev meaning “heel,” because whenContinue reading “Human Nature”

Life Unadulterated

B”H “And the life of Sarah was one hundred years and twenty years and seven years; [these were] the years of the life of Sarah.” – Genesis 23:1, The Complete Jewish Tanach What an interesting way to denote the years of Sarah’s life. Commentary notes that there is a specific reason that the word “years”Continue reading “Life Unadulterated”

Abraham’s Perception

“Abraham lifted his eyes, and perceived.” – Genesis 18:2 Abraham was in communion with G-d, while sitting at the entrance of his tent. If he could be pictured there, in silent contemplation, perhaps, with his eyes closed, he might appear as if he was meditating. At some point, he lifted his eyes, being stirred outContinue reading “Abraham’s Perception”

Individuation

“Now the L-RD said unto Abram: ‘Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto the land that I will show thee.” – Genesis 12:1, JPS 1917 Tanach Abraham was called out from his environmental mileu, in order to start a new life, free from the shackles ofContinue reading “Individuation”

Cleansing the Soul

“And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.” – Genesis 7:12 “And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high mountains that were under the whole heaven were covered.” – Genesis 7:19 A predetermined time was given for the floodwaters to cover the earth. No one escaped theContinue reading “Cleansing the Soul”

Beginnings

“In the beginning G-d created the heaven and the earth.” – Genesis 1:1, JPS 1917 Tanach “And G-d created man in His own image, in the image of G-d created He him; male and female created He them.” – Genesis 1:27, JPS 1917 Tanach “Before I created you in the womb, I selected you; BeforeContinue reading “Beginnings”

Transition

This blog may soon include a more casual presentation of ideas, worthy of the blog’s new name. Please, bear with me during this transition. Wherever inspiration leads, I will follow, as long as the end result still resembles my basic perspective on life. I would prefer not to let creativity lead too far out ofContinue reading “Transition”

Sukkot: Inclusivity of the Nations

“On the fifteenth day of the seventh month ye shall have a holy convocation: ye shall do no manner of servile work, and ye shall keep a feast unto H’Shem seven days.” – Numbers 29:12, JPS The festival of Sukkot, as prescribed in Torah, included offerings for the nations for their protection from affliction. ThereContinue reading “Sukkot: Inclusivity of the Nations”

Unravelling Negativity

“Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me.” – Psalm 51:4-5, JPS 1917 Tanach Dovid HaMelech (King David) was constantly aware of the sins of his past. This awareness imbued him with humility, in the face of G-d’s righteousness.Continue reading “Unravelling Negativity”

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