TETZAVEH - SHABBAT ZACHOR

Posted on February 19th, 2018

Exodus 27:20 - 30:10; Maftir:  Deuteronomy 25:17-19 


Rabbi Moshe Becker for myjewishlearning.com 


Let Everyone Shine


Allowing each individual's particular talents to find expression strengthens the entire unit.


We all have talents and abilities, as do our siblings and friends. At times we have difficulty recognizing a sister’s talents; at other times we may be jealous of a sibling’s unique capabilities. We must develop the confidence in our own roles to the point that we can let our brothers and sisters shine.

 

 

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Terumah

Posted on February 12th, 2018

Exodus 25:1 - 27:19 


Rabbi Moti Bar-Or for myjewishlearning.com 


Is the Mishkan (Tabernacle) God’s Home?


Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring Me an offering; of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart you shall take My offering. (Exodus 25:1)

Among the 613 mitzvot (commandments), that of donating precious possessions for the building of the Tabernacle in Parashat Terumah stands out for its element of volunteerism, which places it outside of the usually clear-cut nature of halacha(Jewish law). A donation for building the mishkan (tabernacle) not only isn’t compulsory, but it becomes a donation worthy of God’s approval only when it’s spurred by a spirit of freedom and generosity of heart: “every man that giveth it willingly.”

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Shabbat Shekalim - Mishpatim

Posted on February 5th, 2018

Exodus 21:1 - 24:18 

Rabbi Moshe Becker for myjewishlearning.com 


Lying, Stay Far Away


Avoid actions you may need to lie about.

 


"I cannot tell a lie” are the famous words of our first president. Though it is honorable that Washington chose to tell the truth, he could have avoided lying in a different way. He could have considered the potential trouble he would end up in for chopping down the tree.

Mishpatim, this week’s Torah portion, warns to avoid falsehood. The wording is unlike any other instruction or warning in the Torah. Instead of simply saying, “Don’t lie,” it states “keep far away from falsehood.” The Torah is encouraging us to be mindful of our actions and their potential consequences. Stay far away from lying and deception and avoid actions you may need to lie about. If you cannot tell the truth about it, it is probably wrong.

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Yitro

Posted on January 29th, 2018

Exodus 18:1 - 20:23 

Rabbi Melvin I. Burg for myjewishlearning.com 


Preparing To Receive God’s Message


Unlike the first tablets, the second tablets, which were hewn by human hands, endured.


"And Moses went up to God.” The great event, toward which all of creation moved from the hour of its inception, was about to take place. The entire universe was hushed and attentive to the sublime drama that was about to unfold in the wilderness of Sinai.

In view of the vivid circumstances surrounding the Divine Revelation, it is most disconcerting that its substance rapidly dissipated. For shortly after Sinai, the Hebrews create a golden calf and Moses, learning of it from atop the mountain, shatters the tablets containing the Ten Commandments. What a magnificent beginning! What an abysmal ending!

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Beshalach

Posted on January 22nd, 2018

Exodus 13:17 - 17:16 


BY RABBI SOLOMON FREILICH for myjewishlearning.com 


The Source Of Spirituality


The glorification of God in the Song at the Sea provides us with several models of attaining spirituality.


"Spirituality” has become a centerpiece of our contemporary vernacular. New books intending to help people find more meaning in their lives, to infuse their lives with spirituality, appear regularly. Even medical doctors, psychotherapists, and health care professionals have adopted spirituality as a modality for therapy.

What is Spirituality?

What is the Jewish understanding of this concept, and what are the means to attaining this phenomenal experience?

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