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Many lessons can be gleaned from Parshat Behaalotcho, three of which I learned from my father: light, independence and perseverance.
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Chanukah is commemorated with oil. On Purim we celebrate with wine.
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Discover how our cracks are the pathways to our greatest achievements and how utilizing trials and tribulations can reveal the deepest form of light.
While many of the Torah’s laws are time- & place-specific, their significance is always eternal & universal, such as kindling the menorah in the Holy Temple
Two essential laws of the menorah: it should be forged of a single piece of gold & its diverse lights should face each other in harmony with their source.
The menorah represents man’s potential to “kindle lamps”: to illuminate within his own self, in his fellow man & in the material resources at his disposal.
Aaron is the prototype for man’s responsibility for the spiritual elevation of his fellows, which reflects his role as kindler of the menorah in the Temple
The verses in Parshat Beha’alotecha specify two laws of the menorah corresponding to two visions of man provided by Rashi and Nachmanides.
Each and every creation, no matter how material and mundane, has at its heart a spark of holiness that needs to be elevated.
Weekly Op-Ed •June 25th, 2015• 1 Comment
In Parshat Chukat Moses strikes the rock instead of speaking to it. Even today our modern customs &symbols have military undertones. So what does this mean?