This week’s parsha, Vayakhel, deals with the details of assembling the Mishkan (once again). Rabbi Akiva Naiman, NorCal NCSY and BILT Director, explores how and why the construction of this resting place for G-d, the Tabernacle, is given so much more space in the Torah than the account of Bereishit, the creation of all of […]
Ari Ziegler, a veteran of JLIC Brooklyn and a Birthright: Israel Free Spirit madrich extraordinaire, examines the leadership that Moses exhibited during the events of the Golden Calf in this week’s parsha, Ki Tisa. During this tricky situation, he must be stern enough to punish them for straying from HaShem but loving enough that they […]
The robes and vestments of the Kohanim are described in this week’s parsha, Parsha Tetzaveh. Oregon NCSY Director Meira Spivak explains how the most mysterious of these divination tools, the Urim and Thummim, may have functioned and how they can inform our decision-making today.
A verse in parshat Mishpatim, echoes the spirit of the famous phrase from Hillel in Pirkei Avot. Scott Shulman, Program Director for Israel Free Spirit, the OU’s Birthright trip provider, examines the faith the Israelites demonstrated to do and obey Hashem’s Commandments.
A question posed about 100 years ago to a Rabbi by Jews living in Buenos Aires is the topic this week. Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner, Rosh Beit Midrash of YU Zichron Dov in Toronto, explains why we celebrate Tu BiShevat, the so-called Birthday of the Trees, halfway into the month of Shevat to coincide with the […]
Ari Hoffman, the Director of Seattle NCSY, presents a logical unfolding of the ten plagues that afflicted the Egyptians as well as how Hashem’s promise to lead the Israelites out of Egypt is a foretelling of something even greater.
What are the qualities that makes a good person into a great person, a ‘gadol’? Keevy Fried, the Associate International Director of NCSY looks at this week’s parsha, Shemot, for an example from Moses’s life. In the Torah, two verses say that he ‘grew up’. What qualities distinguish the first growth from the latter one?