March 29, 2017

Please discuss:

  • What is more authentic - a spontaneous feeling, or a moment that you have prepared for?

  • Do prophets prepare to talk to God or does it just happen?

  • Is a vacation better if you plan for it? How about a business meeting? A date?

“And He call...

March 22, 2017

How can a person feel the presence of an invisible God?

This is possibly the reason that Israel needed a Tabernacle. God wanted Israel to feel His proximity. “Make me a sanctuary” He said “and I will live amongst them.”(Ex 25:8) The word Mishkan comes from the root שכ"ן...

March 15, 2017

As soon as Moses came near the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, he became enraged; and he hurled the tablets from his hands and shattered them at the foot of the mountain. (32:19)

Why did Moses smash the tablets? If he was “enraged” as the verse above suggests, th...

March 9, 2017

Do the Clothes Make the Man? Our Parsha talks about clothing, the garments of the High Priest. And it seems so appropriate to be reading about the elaborate and ornate vestments of the Kohein Gadol at Purim time. After all, the Purim story is narrated, amongst other li...

March 1, 2017

If you had one thing to take with you to a desert island, what would it be?

Our parsha describes the Mishkan, the portable sanctuary that Israel built for God. Each item is infused with symbolism and meaning. In its inner sanctum sits the Ark of the Covenant, a golden c...

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