Learning the Past – a Lesson for the Future

פרופ’ פנחס פלאי, תשס”ג The inscription at the entrance to Yad Vashem, the shrine of the memory of the Holocaust in Jerusalem, contains the following saying, taken from the writings of one of the Hasidic masters, Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav: “In...

The Rock! His Deeds Are Perfect

ד”ר אברהם ארזי, תשס”ג Beyond Human Comprehension Moses concludes his life with a poem, the poem of “Haazinu [give ear],” which encompasses the entire history of the people of Israel from its birth to the future. The poem opens with a verse that...

The Power of Situations – 5765

A reading of the song of Ha’azinu leaves us puzzled: while the song describes the future of the Jewish nation, there is almost no mention of the nation in the active voice. Everything is done by God; everything happens – or happened – to Am Yisrael,...

Shabat Shuvvah – 5764

There are two areas in which the Torah stresses the concept of hierarchy, of a movement from “high to low”, from parents to children. The first is Torah learning. The Torah expresses this obligation thus “and you should teach your children to speak of them (words of...