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”

Established from Above

Upon completing the monumental task of building all of the various components of the Mishkan (portable tabernacle in the desert), the artisans and craftsmen brought everything to Moses, who responded with the appropriate enthusiasm of the leader of B’nei Yisrael (the Children of Israel). “And when Moses saw that they had performed all the tasks—asContinue reading “Established from Above”

Gold Dust

B”H Holy Scribbles: Parashas Ki Tisa 5781 – Gold Dust An often neglected nuanced understanding, in regard to the debacle of the golden calf is as follows: after grinding the golden molten metal calf into dust, Moses throws the dust particles into the water; additionally, he compels the people to drink this. Why? Later inContinue reading “Gold Dust”

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”

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”

The Weightless Burden

“For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not too hard for thee, neither is it far off.” – Deuteronomy 30:11 When Moses brought the Ten Commandments down the mountain at Sinai, the actual tablets were not burdensome to him. Their weight was not an impediment at all; nor, was he encumberedContinue reading “The Weightless Burden”

Myopic Vision

Was Pharaoh deceived? Or did he deceive himself? G-d led the Children of Israel in a roundabout way to the Sea of Reeds, so that they would not have to be confronted by the Philistines, when passing by their territory. Otherwise, they might have fled back to Egypt at the prospect of war. Having escapedContinue reading “Myopic Vision”

Inner Spark

“All the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.” – Exodus 10:23, JPS 1917 Tanach Three days of darkness fell upon Egypt, as the ninth plague was enacted. Yet, there was light in the dwellings of the Children of Israel, who lived apart from the Egyptians in the land of Goshen. This is inContinue reading “Inner Spark”

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