You shall command the Children of Israel to bring you pure beaten oil for a light, to cause the lamp to burn continually (Exodus 27:20).
Abraham Saba (1440-1508), the Tzror HaMor, taught, “Israel is likened to an olive, which yields up its oil only when it is crushed, for Israel reveals its true virtues only when it is made to suffer.” This is not surprising coming from a rabbi who lived during the expulsion of Jews from Spain. More
I am always fascinated that when I study Torah, something I have always taken for granted now has deeper significance. In our portion this week there are seventy-two mitzvot, a larger number than any other portion. Many of these commandments have applications in how we behave in public and how we are to properly relate […]
It is Elul, the month to review the cheshbon hanefesh, “account of your soul,” in preparation for the High Holy Days. This is the time to look at the forces and contours of your own inner landscape.
“See … I set before you blessing and curse” (Deut. 11:26). You can’t be “most law-abiding.” A person is considered a criminal even if he rigorously observes every law except one (a murderer who has never committed fraud or burgled a home is still a criminal!).
Chapter 8 of Deuteronomy focuses a lot of attention on eating! “Remember the manna”, “man shall not live by bread alone”, the Israelites are being brought into a land “where you can eat food without fear of scarceness”, and “when you eat your fill, bless God.” Eating is normally a mundane act. We are hungry, […]