Category Archives: Basic


Tranquility   “He saw tranquility and it was good and the land that it was pleasant, so he bent his shoulder to bear…” (Genesis 49:15)   Our forefather Jacob describes Issachar as one who saw tranquility as a good thing. … Continue reading

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Very Near

Very Near In Deuteronomy chapter 30 verses 11 thru 14 Moses reassures the Jewish people that the commandment which he has presented to them is not hidden nor is too far. Quite the opposite, it is very near to our … Continue reading

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Truth and Repentance – Psalm 51:7

Truth and Repentance – Psalm 51:7 One of the opening statements in the Jewish daily liturgy is more of an admonition than a prayer. It reads as follows: “A person should always be reverential of heaven in private and in … Continue reading

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Tower of Truth

Tower of Truth Man’s need for self-validation is very deep. Necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention. The deeper the need – the more powerful the desire to invent and to fabricate. Not that there is a true … Continue reading

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Ramifications of Shema IV – Isaiah 41:10

Ramifications of Shema IV – Isaiah 41:10 In the Shema we declare that the Lord is our God. What do we mean when we say that God is “ours”? Is the Lord not God over all of creation? How is … Continue reading

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Exodus 21 – Law and Grace

Exodus 21 – Law and Grace The literary setup of the book of Exodus is pretty straightforward. It begins with the experience of the Jewish people in Egypt. The book describes the miraculous deliverance from slavery. We move from there … Continue reading

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Eternal Covenant

Eternal Covenant “When you are in distress and all these things have befallen you, at the end of days, you will return to the Lord your God, and hearken to His voice. For the Lord your God is a merciful … Continue reading

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