Newsletter

THE SECRET OF THE FIFTEENTH DAY


Six months ago, I wrote about Tu B’Av, a holiday which brings hope after the terrible events of Tisha B’Av. There is something about the Fifteenth day of the Jewish month which is related to redemption. The first day of Passover, the first day of Sukkos, Tu B’Shevat, and Shushan Purim all occur on the Fifteenth day of the month. 

view
THE DREAM


It is naïve to pretend that our troubles are over, but when the holy day of T’U b’Av - the fifteenth of the month of Av - arrives, along with the next Sabbath known as Shabbos Nachamu, when verses of consolation are read, who can say that he doesn’t breathe easier, knowing that we have passed through incredible trials and that G-d Himself is giving us consolation? 

view
LISTENING TO REBBE


This week’s Torah portion describes the culmination of a spectacular sanctification of G-d’s Name on the part of Pinchas, son of Elazar, son of Aharon the High Priest. Without exaggeration, he saved the Jewish people.  

view
WHAT EXACTLY IS EXILE?


How contemporary is every word of Torah!

Tragically, the events of this week’s Torah portion are reflected in our own days. As our sages tell us, “In the period which will precede the coming of the Messiah, insolence will increase … those who dread sin will be despised … and truth will be absent…” (Sota 49b). 

view
UTTERLY HELPLESS


“Until the time of Jacob, there was no feebleness that preceded death. Jacob came and beseeched G-d for mercy, and from then on feebleness came into being, as it says: And he said to Joseph, ‘Behold, your father is ill…’” (Bava Metzia 87a). 

view
LESSON IN CHARACTER REFINEMENT


During the Sefiras HaOmer period of counting the 49 days between Passover and the holiday of Shavuos, we are working intensely to refine our character, trying to merit receiving the Torah on Shavuos. During Passover, I was privileged to perform the rare mitzvah (Torah commandment) of “shiluach hakan” - sending away the mother bird before taking her young (Deuteronomy 22:6-7). 

view
THE CENTER OF THE WORLD


Years ago, there was a movie called “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Why are the nations of the world obsessed with the Ark of the Covenant? Why is Jerusalem the center of world attention and the Temple Mount the most coveted location on earth?

 

view
HOW DID WE SURVIVE EGYPT?


This week's Torah portion ends with the words, "Vayaishev Yisroel ... Thus Israel settled in the Land of Egypt, in the land of Goshen; they took property in it and they were fruitful and multiplied greatly...." (Genesis 47:27) 

view
EVIL AUTOMOBILES


The Torah portion of Bereishis described how Hashem made a perfect world. This week’s Parsha describes how man can destroy it! I regret to say this (although everyone knows it): today’s world resembles Sodom a lot more than the Garden of Eden. But Hashem has limited tolerance for the destruction of His world. What happened to Sodom is very relevant to us today. 

view

 

Recent Posts


Tags

media Holy land Nation of Israel Samuel soul war brotherhood siddur Ten Commandments Torah portion fires Blame seder prophets Babylonia Jewish festival miracles Zion, Angel stars mitzva materialism Laban Ashkenazi bible mitzvos Holy Temple tears pain Geula Europe Bilaam Creator leprosy Faith Golus Jerusalem Amalek kosher sun shield of Abraham Mount Zion Chanukah esrog prophet Pinchas Tefillin Rachel mikveh, Sabbath Song of Songs Haman rosh chodesh chessed Rosh Hashanah murder prayer Final redemption Psalm God light Sages bris milah 2020 Vision Miraglim ancestors Temple Raiders of the Lost Ark kiddush hubris chaos Jewish holidays King David Ishamael terrorists Shushan yeshiva Western Wall dreams plague Parsha menorah Isaac Ishmeal kesuba commandment Torah scholars tablets idolatry shmittah Master of the Universe Zechariah Amram heaven Dead Sea slavery rain matzos Psalms Passover Seder trees flood slaves Sabbath Angel of Death Zohar Jacob redemption danger Sea of Galilee Leah Repentence India Passover Genesis Pharaoh Sephardi ethics Aharon Western World fragrance Yaakov miracle Lot forefathers Matriarchs Banias Shabbos Ishmael Galil High Holy Days peace messiah Sarah Torah sanctity biblical Rosh Hashana song Day of Judgement sacrifices Solar eclipse Baku King Solomon Samuel the Prophet Chafetz Chaim liberation fear Israel Esther Temple Mount Jeremiah redeemer Mordechai barley idol evil New Moon Esau judgement angel Ammon prayers tabernacle Babylon darkness Matisyahu cries Jewish People Boaz fault Holocaust holiday Divine presence Holiness Exodus Moses Shavuos prayer book kinneret gossip Abraham terrorist Beit Hamikdash Sodom High Priest automobiles Solomon Children of Israel culture Adam Balak Rome persecution Land of Israel Eve Shechina Isaiah Egypt Maccabeans Prophecy United Nations Lunar eclipse Sukkos Red Sea Ezekiel salvation three weeks night creation Terror Attack in Jerusalem Avraham Yom Kippur Rabbi Akiva Rashi Miriam earthquake keys Golan Teshuva Golden Calf Heavenly Mercy moon Joseph heavenly gates Earth cholent Judaism king pray rabbi Hasmoneans Moshaich logic paradise Father in Heaven violence Chol haMoed repent End of Days Abrahem evil inclination holy Holy Ark Jew Tisha b'Av blessing Judgement Day G-d evolution water locusts patriarchs'matriarchs lights Magog death Talmud Tallis heavenly throne incense Hashem patriarchs Rebecca Garden of Eden Moab Chofetz Chaim Red Heifer enemies spiritual Bais Hamikdosh angels Protective edge Sefiras haOmer minyan Greeks Maimonides shofar terrorism Benjamin Hebrew priests Rabbis yarmulke mikveh Midrash Yerushalayim survival Jews alone bird Achashveirosh Day of Atonement sin repentance stones Moshe Tu b'Shvat purity secret eternal terror Malbim Gog self-worship Canaan America Noah Mount Hermon Tzuk etan eternity Jewish prophet Samuel Rebbe missiles Mount Sinai Hagar Sukkah Judah Zion world to come meraglim resurrection Chanukkah Second Temple Elul Eglon King of the Universe Purim tremors synagogue Tu b'Av compassion Macabees Moshiach Edom Ruth exile spies deluge David spirituality

Archive