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.
Parsha of the week
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 […]
Understanding how davening works is essential for us to appreciate its impact and how much it can affect our lives and those that we care about.
Parshas Mishpatim – The Effect of an Action “Holy people you shall you be to Me: you shall not eat flesh of an animal that was torn in the field; to the dog you shall throw it.” — Shemos 22:30 The Torah tells us that if a sheep or goat is killed while grazing, it […]
Parshat Yitro – Enduring Inspiration In this week’s parsha, the Jews, as G-d’s chosen people, are officially established as a fearsome force among the nations. After decimating Egypt and defeating Amalek, they begin their journey through the desert. The Torah tells us of Yitro, the father-in-law of Moshe: וישמע יתרו – “And Yitro, Priest of […]
Yehudis Litvak explores a higher perspective of the ‘Song of the Sea’, in Parshat Beshalach.
“And Yaakov lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years; and the days of Yaakov — the years of his life — were one hundred and forty-seven years.” — Bereishis 47:28 The Ba’al HaTurim explains that the gematria (numerical value) of the word vayechi (lived) is seventeen. The Torah is telling us that Vayechi — […]
The Sensitivity of a Tzadik Parshas Vayeitzei “Then Yaakov kissed Rochel and he raised his voice and wept.” Bereishis 29: 11 When Yaakov met Rochel at the well, he experienced conflicting emotions. He felt tremendous joy at having finally met his bashert, yet he raised his voice and cried. Rashi explains that he cried […]