Learned from the Pro – Parashat Ki Tisa

Learned from the Pro – Parashat Ki Tisa

“…And now, if You forgive their sin… —But if not, erase me now from Your book, which You have written…’ – Shemot 32:32 וְעַתָּה אִם תִּשָּׂא חַטָּאתָם וְאִם אַיִן מְחֵנִי נָא מִסִּפְרְךָ אֲשֶׁר כָּתָבְתָּ – שמות לב, לב “The Shechinah (Divine Presence) spoke through Moshe’s throat,” say our Sages (see Zohar vol. 3, p. 232a). This means that Moshe’s identity […]

March 15, 2017 at 7:07 PM 0 comments

A Conflict of Interest

A Conflict of Interest

“…And now, if you forgive their sin… but if not, erase me now from your book that you have written…” –  Shemot 32:32 ‬‫וְעַתָּה אִם תִּשָּׂא חַטָּאתָם וְאִם אַיִן מְחֵנִי נָא מִסִּפְרְךָ אֲשֶׁר כָּתָבְתָּ – שמות לב, לב Moshe’s life was defined by two passions: his passion for the Torah and his passion for Bnei Yisrael. On the one hand, Moshe […]

March 14, 2017 at 11:56 AM 0 comments

Rinse Well Before Serving – Parashat Ki Tisa

Rinse Well Before Serving – Parashat Ki Tisa

“…Aharon and his sons shall wash their hands and feet from it…” – Shemot 30:19 וְרָחֲצוּ אַהֲרֹן וּבָנָיו מִמֶּנּוּ אֶת יְדֵיהֶם וְאֶת רַגְלֵיהֶם – שמות ל, יט Before beginning their daily service, the kohanim serving in the Mishkan would wash their hands and feet. Emulating the kohanim, we, too, wash our hands every morning upon awakening to sanctify ourselves for […]

March 12, 2017 at 3:46 AM 0 comments

When Broken Comes Before Whole

When Broken Comes Before Whole

“…And g-d said to Moshe: “hew for yourself two stone tablets like the first ones…” – Shemos 35:1 וַיֹּאמֶר ה’ אֶל משֶׁה פְּסָל לְךָ שְׁנֵי לֻחֹת אֲבָנִים כָּרִאשֹׁנִים – שמות לה, א The Midrash (Shemos Rabbah 46:1) relates that Moshe was distressed over having broken the Luchos, until G-d said to him, “Do not be pained over the first tablets, which […]

February 26, 2016 at 8:52 AM 0 comments

A Model

A Model

“…And now, if you forgive their sin… but if not, erase me now from your book that you have written…” – Shemot 32:32 ‫וְעַתָּה אִם תִּשָּׂא חַטָּאתָם וְאִם אַיִן מְחֵנִי נָא מִסִּפְרְךָ אֲשֶׁר כָּתָבְתָּ – שמות לב, לב   When Bnei Yisrael rebelled against the Torah’s most basic principle and worshipped the Golden Calf, G-d threatened to wipe Bnei Yisrael out […]

February 25, 2016 at 4:11 AM 0 comments

Positively Fulfilling the Negative Prohibitions

Positively Fulfilling the Negative Prohibitions

“…When he had finished speaking with him on mount sinai, he gave Moshe the two tablets of the testimony…” – Shemos 31:18 וַיִּתֵּן אֶל משֶׁה כְּכַלֹּתוֹ לְדַבֵּר אִתּוֹ בְּהַר סִינַי שְׁנֵי לֻחֹת הָעֵדֻת – שמות לא, יח Rashi notes that the Torah here spells the word Luchos, tablets, as לֻחֹת—without the letter “ו” that emphasizes the plural, according to which the word […]

February 22, 2016 at 11:28 AM 0 comments