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We have three forty-day periods: the First Tablets, the Broken Tablets, and the Second Tablets. Learn the spiritual meaning of the broken tablets.
On Yom Kippur we fast and pray, on Purim we party. Yet the Zohar sees the two days as intrinsically similar.
Purim derives its name from the lots cast by Haman. It is not some incidental detail but the single event that most expresses what Purim represents.
In Parshat Korach the difference between Moses & Korach is Moses desired to be a Kohen Gadol; Korach & his crew acted to appropriate the rank for themselves
The Talmud relates that Rabbi Meir would deduce a person’s nature from his name: the 3 Hebrew letters that spell “Korach” delineate the contours of conflict.
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Parshat Korach relates the story of Korach’s challenge to the authority of Moses & the priesthood of Aaron. The lesson: no human being is irredeemable.
Caleb’s role in the tragic story of The 12 Spies in Parshat Shelach.
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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.
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One of the greatest tragedies of Jewish history was the debacle of “The Spies” in Parshat Shelach. The spies failed their mission: it all came down to sight