Questions & Answers •Weekly Op-Ed • 5 Comments
A Q&A letter applying the story of Moses striking the rock instead of speaking to the rock in Parshat Chukat to explain how to get through to blocked people
Weekly Op-Ed • 4 Comments
Avoiding the wrong thing is better than doing the right thing; protecting is better than serving (Samech Vav) as seen in Parshat Naso and the wilderness.
Essays • 0 Comments
Revisiting the 42-stationed journey in the desert from the Exodus of Egypt (that marked our birth as a nation) to our entry into the Land of Israel.
Essays • 1 Comment
In Parshat Shelach, the distinction in wording between “spies” and “scouts” makes all the difference in understanding the tragedy of the Twelve Spies.
In the case of the Spies in Parshat Shelach G-d said, “I’m not telling you what to do—do as you see fit.” G-d was opening a new arena of human potential.
In Parshat Shelach the spies & their generation failed to understand the entire point of entering the Holy Land was to sanctify the material aspects of life.
In Parshat Chukat in the Book of Bamidbar we see that after Miriam’s death, the well of water was restored in the merit of Moshe, but what of the clouds?
Idolatry is the deification of an object/force of the created reality: explaining the deeper significance of the idolatry of Baal Peor, and Pinchas’ success
In the Torah portion Pinchas, Moses was instructed to take a census of the Jewish people in the desert. Counting numbers is easy, counting souls not so much
Weekly Op-Ed •June 8th, 2007• 4 Comments
Paralleling the miraculous Six-Day War victory with the story of the Twelve Spies in Parshat Shelach – how Jewish leaders should learn from past mistakes.