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The laws of “vows” grant the authority & ability to define with our words & actions the very nature of our environment to ordinary, mortal man.
The minister serves his king with his mind; the servant with his body. Our service of the Creator includes both elements – embodied in Torah study & mitzvot.
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Three times in our generation G-d granted us an opportunity for the beginning of the Redemption but they were missed & it is the Jewish leadership to blame.
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Drinking until one does not know the difference between Haman and Mordechai on Purim is explored in conjunction with the concept of the tzaddik versus the baal teshuvah.
The garments of the Kohen Gadol illustrate the impenetrable connection between the upper and lower aspects of life.
At the giving of the Torah, the physical and spiritual worlds melted together allowing objects to become holy and man to refine his soul through mitzvot.
The Messianic Redemption is described in Parshat Chukat, Mishneh Torah & the Torah where the divine plan for creation will be fully realized in our world.
The law of the “Red Heifer,” the ultimate supra-rational divine decree read in Parshat Chukat, ritually purifies one after being in contact with the dead.
Moses went to the women and then the men to prepare the people for the giving of the Torah, showing a difference in their roles within its framework.
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The mitzvah of the red heifer is a ritual antidote to the spiritual impurity caused by contact with the dead; and a paradox & blueprint for all 613 mitzvot