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 Gemara says, “A person’s given name expresses his essence.” The letters of Korach’s name are an acronym for his demise.
The Bible uses three different words to mean “crown”: keter, atarah, and nezer.
Ruth brought something into the Jewish people that enabled King David to fight his battles – and win.
Hashem is asking us to keep going, to continue learning even when we feel overwhelmed and despair of ever understanding. It is the effort that counts.
The Holiday of Shavuot is known under many different names. By elaborating on the meanings of the holiday’s different names, we can gain a better appreciation for the ideas associated with the holiday.
The Gemara relates that during the days of Sefirah between Pesach to Shevuos, twenty-four thousand talmidim of Rebbe Akiva died because they did not treat one another with respect.
The countdown from Pessah to Shavuot contains us a lesson about how we become a nation of priests. Just as seeds must be sown in prepared ground, nourished and watered and weeded, so the fate of nations and individuals is contingent upon law and justice.
Aharon’s silence “The sons of Aharon, Nadav and Avihu, each took his fire pan, they put fire in them and placed incense upon it; and they brought before Hashem a strange fire that He had not commanded them. A fire came forth from before Hashem and consumed them, and they died before Hashem.” What was […]
We can’t get out of Egypt by ourselves Every year, we read the story of the exodus from Egypt in the Pesach Haggada. In the Midrash, it’s written that the Egyptian exile was the hardest period of time that Am Yisrael experienced. The slavery was extremely hard. Writing in Likutey Halachot, Rav Natan says that […]