Vanquished Dreams

Moses, who lost out on permission to enter the land, pleaded one last time with H’Shem. He did not expect to change the L-RD’s mind, based upon any merit that he might claim for himself; for, it was precisely his demerit, having struck the rock, instead of speaking to the rock, that compelled G-d toContinue reading “Vanquished Dreams”

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”

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, The crux of avodah (service) is built on faith, as is mentioned elsewhere, “the righteous shall liveContinue reading “Hear Ye, Hear Ye”

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”


(Genesis 37:1 – 40:23) “And he made him a coat of many colors.” – Genesis 37:3, JPS 1917 Tanach The favored son received “a coat of many colors,” that served as a designation that some of the responsibilities of the first born would be placed upon Joseph. Because Reuben had lost the rights of theContinue reading “Heirloom”

Existential Encounter

“And Jacob was left alone.” – Genesis 32:25, JPS 1917 Tanach Jacob, who had recently acquired a family, as well as a secure livelihood, after twenty years of working for his Uncle Laban, was finally returning home. Yet, he would have to face the consequences of unfinished business with his brother Esau, who may haveContinue reading “Existential Encounter”

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”

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