No Results Found.

The Stork and What its Name Means for Us
by in
Hebrew, filled with beauty and poetic power, is a language in which words carry deep, sacred import in addition to its “plain meaning” and historical context.  Our tradition finds a near-mystical relationship between words and things in assigning numerical values to letters.  By doing so, it suggests that words or phrases that share identical numerical […]
Revelation Takes Work: Holiness is A Step by Step Engagement
by in
Imagine a Hollywood director envisioning the moment when Shemot closes. Here was a people who, having been redeemed from slavery had come into the desert to receive the magnificent revelation of God’s Commandments! What a glorious moment! Can you picture how it would be portrayed in film? Rapturous music, with the heavens opened up with […]
The Power of Beauty
by in
The L-rd spoke to Moses, saying: “You shall make a kiyor [washstand] of copper… and you shall put water therein. Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and feet from it. When they enter the Tent of Meeting, they shall wash with water so that they will not die; or when they approach the […]
To Approach the Divine
by in
Whoever among us ever suffered the “slings and arrows” of life more than Job? Who among us knew such pain and tragedy? Who among us has had our faith challenged as Job did? And yet, each of us shares Job’s desire to “see” God, to understand, to know that there was meaning in his suffering. […]
To Be Cloaked in Glory: Clothes, Modesty, Holiness
by in
As is often the case, we are presented with a pasuk which is, to all reasonable reading, very straightforward. The pasuk seems to be a statement that expresses all we need to know. And yet, there always seems to be a second pasuk which calls into question our immediate and straightforward reading. Such are the […]
Balance: The Way of the Torah Scholar
by in
When the Satmar Rebbe, zt”l, came to America after World War II, Rav Shraga Feivel Medelovitz, the Principal of Yeshiva Torah V’Daas invited him to come to the yeshiva to present a Torah lecture for the students. The Satmar Rebbe gave a well-received shiur and afterwards the students surrounded him to engage in a vigorous […]