May 20, 2020

There used to be four common life phases: childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age. Now, there are at least six: childhood, adolescence, odyssey, adulthood, active retirement and old age. Of the new ones, the least understood is odyssey, the decade of wandering th...

February 27, 2020

There is no hypocrisy in being ashamed of our weaknesses ... the all-important thing is to strive ‎continually to improve and eliminate our defects...Where there is no sense of shame there is no sensitivity, no ‎awareness and little chance of self-improvement.‎

August 1, 2019

Murder is such a fundamental offence that even if one bears no direct responsibility, life cannot ‎merely continue, society cannot remain the same. This should create a sense of trauma. ‎

July 26, 2019

No Jew may remain passive, placid, unconcerned, apathetic, when another sector of the Jewish people is in distress.

July 21, 2019

Leaders of the future will not be like Moshe. Now authority needs checks and balances, decisions need to made in consultation; there needs to be oversight. Here is a new system for a post-Moses world.

July 21, 2019

For Rashi, the special aspect of the camp is that people have regard for each others' privacy. The tent openings do not face each other. This way, everybody gets a modicum of privacy (in a tent-city where, we might imagine, privacy comes at a premium.).

July 10, 2019

It is wonderful to see this new generation - born in the wilderness - so sure and secure in their faith in God. This is not the slave generation of Egypt. It is a new mindset. These people grew up on the Manna' and are confident to enter Israel with God at their he...

June 25, 2019

Korach is not merely critiquing Moses, but he is in fact mocking the Torah, the law. After all, if the whole garment is blue, why do the fringes require a blue thread? If the house is filled with Torah scrolls, doesn’t the obligation of a Mezuza seem like an absurdity?...

June 23, 2019

Now all of this goes back to a question not of reality but of perceived reality. It is the illusion of strength or vulnerability which is at stake here. This is a psychological war, a battle for confidence.

June 11, 2019

For Rashi then, the true and trusted leader is the person who is willing to take the whip for his people. The real leader has built the trust of his underlings by working together, side-by-side... This is a love between leader and nation and a trust born in adversity.

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