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The Book of Vayikra and the Inner Meaning of Korbanot
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The book of Vayikra touches on the deepest essence of avodat Hashem—our relationship to God—on the inner meaning of korbanot, sacrifices, and the Temple, the Beit Hamikdash. The Essence of Creation The Zohar teaches that the word korban (sacrifice) is derived from karov, closeness, because that is precisely their purpose; to draw the Jewish people […]
Ruach Elokim: The Soul of Artisanship and Creativity
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Artisanship The parsha tells us that for the craftsman to construct the Mishkan, God needed to “Imbue him with a Godly spirit of wisdom, understanding, and knowledge of every craft.” This implies that artisanship is more than just the application of a creative skill. At it’s deepest roots, it requires a Divine gift, a spiritual […]
Betzalel and the Uniqueness of Our Missions
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Within each of us is a natural, deep desire for success and achievement. Academic, professional,  financial, and more. Much more. We’re driven, driven to be the best self we can, but why? The Driven Soul Within each of us is a soul, a neshama, and it’s our souls longing to express itself that, deep down, […]
Bigdei Kehunah, Garments of Light
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What, truly, is clothing? Clothing There is deep meaning to clothing. We see this clearly from the fact that the immediate consequence of the transgression of Adam Harishon, the first person, was expressed in clothing. Further, we can understand the sod, the deeper, inner meaning of clothing, from the letters of the word begged. Our […]
“Make For Me a Mishkan and I Will Dwell Amongst Them”
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If you stop a Jew in the street and ask, “Where is God?” the most instinctive response will be, “Everywhere.” Or perhaps, after a bit more thought, the person might quote the well-known response of the Kotzker Rebbe, “God is found everywhere you allow Him to enter.” However, if we were to look to Tanach, […]
The Way God Speaks
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God hardened Pharoah’s heart. But why? What was the purpose? Why was there a need to force Pharoah to absorb plague after plague after plague? The Torah tells us that the purpose was: “So that you will relate into the ears of your son and your son’s son how I toyed with Egypt—and My signs that […]