Response-ability

“Every situation requires a response.” I believe that every situation requires a response. In reflecting upon, my own indecision, as well as my failure at times to respond at all, whether verbally to what someone else relates to me, or a situation that really requires my attention, I feel the need to articulate a stance.Continue reading “Response-ability”

Kings HWY

“We will go along the king’s highway, we will not turn aside to the right hand nor to the left” – Numbers 20:17, JPS 1917 Tanach The Children of Israel were ready to enter the Land. This was the generation after those who had believed the ill-report of the Spies. Yet, the shortest route intoContinue reading “Kings HWY”

Positive Controversy

“Every controversy that is in the Name of Heaven shall in the end lead to a permanent result, but every controversy that is not in the Name of Heaven shall not lead to a permanent result. Which controversy was that which was in the Name of Heaven? Such was the controversy of Hillel and Shammai.Continue reading “Positive Controversy”

A Balanced Perspective

Moses was shown the shown pattern for the menorah (seven branched candlestick) that was to be made for the Mishkan (Sanctuary). He received a vision of the heavenly menorah, as if made of light. “The Holy One, blessed be He, showed him the pattern of it in a candlestick of fire (Rashi, Menachot 29a; sefaria.org).Continue reading “A Balanced Perspective”

parashas Tazria-Metzora 5781

“This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing: he shall be brought unto the priest [kohein].” – Leviticus 14:2, JPS In each case, whether a person’s home, clothing, or body is stricken with a nega (plague), he is brought to the kohein (priest). The kohein determines not only theContinue reading “parashas Tazria-Metzora 5781”

parashas Shemini 5781

“For today the L-RD will appear to you.” – Leviticus 9:4 Upon completion of the (tabernacle), offerings were brought for its inauguration: these included an offering to atone for Aaron’s role in the golden calf incident. Commentary reads, that the offerings were prepared; however, the fire had not yet descended from the sky; so, AaronContinue reading “parashas Shemini 5781”

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”

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”

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”

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