parashas Ki Seitze 5781

“When thou buildest a new house, then thou shalt make a parapet for thy roof, that thou bring not blood [guilt] upon thy house, if any man fall from thence.” – Deuteronomy 22:8, JPS 1917 Tanach “Roofs of houses in the ancient Near East were flat and were regularly used for a variety of purposes:Continue reading “parashas Ki Seitze 5781”

The Value of a Tree

“For is the tree of the field man, that it should be besieged of thee?” – Deuteronomy 20:19, JPS 1917 Tanach The Torah warns against the desecration of trees, when in the heat of battle, as if one would start chopping down trees that were in the line of battle, perhaps, out of an overzealousContinue reading “The Value of a Tree”

The Cost of Freedom

“And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the L-RD thy G-d redeemed thee.” – Deuteronomy 15:15-18, JPS 1917 Tanach Because the Israelites were taken out of Egypt, having been freed from slavery, we are no longer meant to be slaves in perpetuity. Yet, certain circumstances would leadContinue reading “The Cost of Freedom”

For Your Own Benefit

“And now, Israel, what doth the L’RD thy G’d require of thee, but to fear the L’RD thy G’d, to walk in all His ways, and to love Him, and to serve the L’RD thy G’d with all thy heart and all thy soul; to keep for thy good the commandments of the L’RD, andContinue reading “For Your Own Benefit”

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”

Daily Potential

“The L-RD your God has blessed you in all your undertakings. He has watched over your wanderings through this great wilderness.” – Deuteronomy 2:7, JPS 1985 Tanach While journeying from place to place in the wilderness, the L-RD provided the Children of Israel with sustenance, in the form of water from the well, manna fromContinue reading “Daily Potential”

Guard Your Speech

B”H holy scribbles: parashas Matos Massei 5781 “When a man voweth a vow unto the L-RD, or sweareth an oath to bind his soul with a bond, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.” – Numbers 30:2, JPS 1917 Tanach Although the specific kindsContinue reading “Guard Your Speech”

The Tamid Offering

“And say to them: This is the order of the oblations you shall offer before the L-rd; two lambs of the year, unblemished, daily, a perpetual burnt offering.” Targum Jonathan on Numbers 28:3, sefaria.org Everything was set in order upon the inauguration of the Mishkan, for the sake of the Levitical offerings, and the benefitContinue reading “The Tamid Offering”

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”

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