The Chofetz Chaim famously kept his suitcase by his door, in case Moshiach showed up and he’d have to jump on the boat to Israel.
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“Why do they lean this way?” I asked my father.
“It’s the wind,” he told me. “How would you like to be blown all year round for sixty years?”
One of the lessons of Parashat Balak is that things aren’t always what they seem, that human intentions don’t always pan out the way we imagine, and that there is an overall scheme of things invisible to the limited sight of a single generation.
“Did your god protect you?”
Mohammed read, and Mohammed interpreted. He heard the voices telling him that the Chinese, communist materialists, were the enemies of Islam.
“Can you help me, please?” I ask a young woman
in spiked heels and hijab.
This week’s Parashah includes the troubling story of how Moshe performed a miracle to provide water for his thirsty people, and how he was punished for it. But what did Moshe do wrong? Why was he punished for doing more or less what God had commanded him to do? The answer lies in a comparison of this story with a parallel narrative found elsewhere in the Torah.
The more spiritually aware a person is – the faster s/he will accept the tochacha and be appreciative for it.
Or maybe G-d was getting us ready for something fantastic.
He was there so I could convince him that was a bad idea.