“And let them make Me a sanctuary that I may dwell among [within] them” (Exodus 25:8).
I found this teaching among my resources: Every soul is a chamber for God, a vessel that contains the divine light. This is the message the Hasidic masters repeatedly associate with the Tabernacle, built by the Israelites in the desert. The details of its construction are complex and vast, much like Ikea furniture arriving on your doorstep with the instruction: “Some assembly required.” More
Last Saturday night, 20 of your fellow members came together to observe the memorial observance of Tisha B’Av. On this day, we refrain from eating, we refrain from joyous activity, and we gather for prayer, study, reflection, and the reading of the book of Lamentations as we reflect on what the destruction – by others […]
Rashi comments on 1:12, when Moses complains, “How can I bear unaided the trouble of you, and the burden, and the bickering?” The “trouble” refers to the habit of litigants in a court case who, perceiving that they were losing, would say, “I have more witnesses, I have more proof,” thus bottling up the legal […]
This week’s Torah portion, Matot-Masei (Numbers 30:2-36:13), closes the Book of Numbers. We find the Jews at the end of their journey on the border of the Promise Land. As I was reviewing the commentaries, I could not help but see the parallel between the Israelites’ journey and the journeys of present-day migrants making their […]
Too often religious zealousness and passion are seen as interchangeable. One can view the difference between the two as one views a knife. The knife can be an instrument of holiness or a tool for murder. As I have often taught, the voice of God is not so easily found in the concrete written word […]