A person must not rely on the past. Each day anew a person is presented with moral and religious challenges, and must be on guard and ensure that his or her actions will be correct, meaningful and worthy. Because we are only human. Like Jacob, we always have a choice t...
Some people are “Shabbat-Jews”; on Shabbat they pray, on Shabbat they study Torah, on Shabbat they recite blessings. But during the week they do not. In a Jewish home, spirituality must extend to each and every day of the week. The “light” must be “lit” from Sabbath to...
The contradiction of the Akeida is the tension between “religious obligation” on the one hand, and “human obligation” on the other; between Abraham’s commitment to God and his commitment to his son, Isaac.
Sometimes, religious figures are deemed so holy that they are regarded as flawless, faultless. But what happens when the Tanakh describes their flaws and mistakes? Does criticism of the Avot and Imahot lower them in our estimation, or possibly it raises them?
Is drinking a healthy thing? What are its dangers?
Do you see people drinking to enjoy life or to escape life?
Do you think that adults you know set a good and responsible example regarding alcohol use, or do you see a problematic alcohol culture around you?
Adam and Eve were EXPLICITLY instructed not to eat from the tree. In contrast, murder or fratricide had not been explicitly outlawed! Humanity was never directly warned against taking another human life. Why then was Cain culpable for this crime?
...for seven days of Sukkot we commit ourselves to Torah and Halakha in our lives, and only then, on Simhat Torah does the Torah itself incline us towards that awesome Presence in the center of the circle
...the alternation or reverberation of praise, as one person begins, spurring the next person to burst into song, leading to a crescendo of voices of praise, of prayer, this has the capability to generate a particular vibrancy.
Is Revelation a gradual process, responsive to this-wordly events? Or is it an eminence from the Divine, a supernal document that is revealed in a single integral unit? Was Torah transmitted "scroll by scroll" over time, or suddenly, "complete"?