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Meraglim, Mafilim and Israel’s Ultimate Potential
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The Desert: Home Sweet Home Our sefarim hakedoshim, the works rooted in kabalistic teachings, tell us that the Meraglim wanted to stay in the desert, not because of the beautiful scenery, but because life in the desert was a particularly lofty spiritual existence. In the desert, God provided food and shelter and protection. Their every […]
The Book of Bamidbar, The Journey, and Yom Yerushalayim
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The way is long and winding … The journey fraught with danger, challenges, obstacles, and potential … And the process is yet unfolding … The Journey The Book of Bamidbar is about the journey and the process, not the destination. The journey called Bamidbar takes place in a setting of imperfection. Of wrestling with the […]
Blessings, Curses and Exalted Partnership
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God, in His endless love, could shower us with nothing but goodness, and lofty, sweet spiritual abundance, always. But He doesn’t. Instead, He has offered us something even higher … Bridging Earth and Heaven Every human being is a ladder whose feet are planted on earth, and whose head reaches the heavens. This isn’t just […]
You Shall Be Holy: Is That Even Possible?
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Kedoshim Tihyu We are commanded, all of us, to be holy. Realistically speaking, is that even remotely possible? In Messilat Yesharim, the Ramchal presents the primary rungs on the ladder to an elevated relationship with God: Tzaddik, Chassid, and Kadosh. The Tzaddik is the one that scrupulously fulfills all of his halachic obligations. The Chassid […]
Eating: The Deeper Meaning
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This parsha deals extensively with forbidden foods. To understand the meaning of forbidden foods, we need to look at a more fundamental issue: Why were people created with a need to eat at all? The Need to Eat Our need to eat is as natural as our need to breathe, and it’s precisely because it’s […]
Eternal Connection to Our Inner Flame
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The Beit HaMikdash parallels the spiritual structure of Am Yisrael. Whatever we find in the Mikdash, we find in the nation of Israel … The Inner Flame “An everlasting flame shall burn on the Altar, it shall not be extinguished.” (Vayikra 6:6) There was a heavenly flame that descended onto the Altar, the Mizbeach. Despite […]
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 […]