Category Archives: Judaism

Joy and Repentance

Joy and Repentance The holiday of Sukkot (Tabernacles) follows immediately after Yom Kippur, a day dedicated for repentance and forgiveness. Sukkot is called “the time of Joy” and it is understood that the connection between these two holidays is that … Continue reading

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Journey of Truth

Journey of Truth The prophet Jeremiah brings a harsh message of admonition from God to the Jewish people. “What wrong did your forefathers find in Me that they distanced themselves from Me and went after futility and became futile? And … Continue reading

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The Song of the Well

The Song of the Well In the book of Numbers (21:17-20) we are told that Israel sang a song about the well that accompanied them in the desert. The Talmud teaches that this song was part of a tri-weekly cycle … Continue reading

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And With Kindness

And With Kindness   “I will betroth you to Me forever, I will betroth you to Me with righteousness, with justice, with kindness and with mercy. I will betroth you to Me with faithfulness and you will know Hashem” (Hosea … Continue reading

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Condition of the Heart

Condition of the Heart   In this week’s haftora (selected reading from the prophets), the Prophet speaks of the great merit of trusting in God and conversely the terrible consequences of trusting in man (Jeremiah 17:5-8). In the very next … Continue reading

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Destiny of a Nation

Destiny of a Nation   The selection of the prophets (Jeremiah 32:6-27) that we read in association with Parshas Behar (Leviticus 25:1 – 26:2) describes an event that took place during the waning days of the First Temple. Jeremiah the … Continue reading

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Not to Bow

Not to Bow   “And all the servants of the King that were in the gate of the King kneeled and bowed to Haman but Mordechai would not kneel nor would he bow” (Esther 3:2) Mordechai’s refusal to bow infuriated … Continue reading

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Curse Reverser – Psalm 133:3

Curse Reverser – Psalm 133:3 Adam’s sin brought God’s curse and death into this world (Genesis 3:17-19). After all, God created a good world (Genesis 1:31). It was all built on God’s command (Psalm 148:5). Every facet of creation was … Continue reading

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Tranquility

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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Lamp and Lights – Proverbs 6:23

Lamp and Lights – Proverbs 6:23   Some see the observance of the commandments as drudgery. They see in the performance of the commandments a stifling of the creative side of man, of his independence and of man’s appreciation for … Continue reading

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