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A Candle of God is the Soul of Man
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I no longer remember which Israeli artist colony I was visiting. Perhaps Jaffa. But I will never forget the crude, almost primitive paintings, which were on exhibit. They were all very different in color, style, and size. But in every painting, a candle predominated.
Complaints or Contentment
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Bnei Yisroel were poised to enter Eretz Yisroel. Suddenly, “They became as complainers. It was evil in the ears of Hashem… His wrath flared, and a fire of Hashem burned against them and it consumed at the edges (alternately, at the elders) of the […]
Come Up to Learn, Come Up to Inspire
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“Be what you would have your pupils be. All other teaching is unblessed mockery and apery.” – Thomas Carlyle When God commanded Moshe to instruct Aaron regarding the proper method of lighting the Menorah, the Torah records that, “Aaron did that, lighting the lamps to illuminate the Menorah, as God commanded Moshe.” What a strange […]
Why We Hate the Jews (El Porque Odiamos a los Judios)
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“When the Holy Ark would travel, Moshe would say, `Arise HASHEM, and let Your foes be scattered. Let those that hate You flee from before You.’” — Bamidbar 10:35 In this posuk, Moshe Rabbeinu is equating hatred of the Jews with hatred of HASHEM. “Let those that hate You flee from before You.” Rashi is […]
The Pursuit of Peace
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Bamidbar takes up the story as we left it toward the end of Shemot. The people had journeyed from Egypt to Mount Sinai. There they received the Torah. There they made the Golden Calf. There they were forgiven after Moses’ passionate plea, and there they made the Mishkan, the Tabernacle, inaugurated on the first of […]
Uniformity and Uniqueness
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One of the interesting paradoxes of human life is our tendency to copy one another and to try to “fit in" with friends and acquaintances, while simultaneously trying to be distinct from others, and to be our “own person."