Kol Ha’kavod on Breaking the Tablets?!

In Parshat Ki Tisa, in reaction to the sin of the Golden Calf, Moshe breaks the tablets on which the Ten Commandments are written. Immediately the question arises: how can Moshe decide on his own initiative to break the divinely given tablets? Even more so, the Rabbis...

Love and Awe

For the PDF version: פרשת תצוה 5780 אנגלית Love. It’s about appreciation and admiration, about connection on the deepest level. It’s about understanding and closeness almost to the point of unity. Love can bring us to a meeting of minds, to partnership. The Torah...

The Mishkan as a Kiruv Project

For the PDF version: פרשת תרומה 5780 אנגלית This week with Parashat Terumah we begin a series of 5 parashot (16 chapters!) dedicated to the planning and the actual building of the Mishkan which served as the spiritual and educational center of Am Yisrael for close to...

Who Really Said Na’ase v’Nishma

For the PDF verison: פרשת משפטים 5780 אנגלית וַיִּקַּח֙ סֵ֣פֶר הַבְּרִ֔ית וַיִּקְרָ֖א בְּאָזְנֵ֣י הָעָ֑ם וַיֹּ֣אמְר֔וּ כֹּ֛ל אֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּ֥ר ה’ נַעֲשֶׂ֥ה וְנִשְׁמָֽע And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the ears of the nation: and they said,...

Revelation: The Basis of Our Faith

לגרסאת הPDF: יתרו 5780 אנגלית Am Yisrael is a united and eternal entity. As such, the experience of one generation is transmitted into the collective memory of the nation as a whole, and becomes an essential part of our existence. The story of the Revelation at Sinai...

Tu Bishvat – The Festival of Eretz Israel

For the PDF version: בשלח 5780 אנגלית “Rabbi Yehuda Ben Rabbi Simon said: “[The Torah commands us to] ‘follow God your Lord’. But how is it possible for a man of flesh and blood to ‘follow’ God? … In another place the Torah commands us to ‘Cling to Him’. Yet, is it...