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Parshat Vaeira 5776
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Three and a half months until Pesach, but the sedra this week (and next) give us pause to reflect even now. This week’s TTA is a Pesach show when people haven’t even started cleaning or thinking about it.
Spirits in a Material World
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The Torah sometimes says something of fundamental importance in what seems like a minor and incidental comment. There is a fine example of this near the beginning of today’s parsha. Last week, we read of how Moses was sent by God to lead the Israelites to freedom, and how his initial efforts met with failure. […]
Enough!
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It is easier to take Jews out of Galus than to take the Galus out of the Jews – Chasidic Master Ever been accused of “being your own worst enemy”? In a world filled with real dangers, from cheating merchants to terrorists, how could such an accusation have any real merit? Easy. As Sol Herzig […]
You Say You Want a Devolution
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Hard work is one thing, servitude quite another. Hard work is respectable, respected, and laudable; slavery is humiliating, dehumanizing. When a person is treated like chattel, the divine spark with which every human being is endowed is eclipsed. More often than not, this is true not only in the eyes of the enslaver, but in […]