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”

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”

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”

Finding the Good

“For I know their imagination how they do even now.” -Deuteronomy 31:21, JPS 1917 Tanach “For their evil disposition to which they are yielding today, even before I bring you into the promised land, is known to Me.” – Targum Yonaton, sefaria.org G-d knows our proclivity towards aveiros (transgressions). In regard to B’nei Yisrael, HeContinue reading “Finding the Good”

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