A Nation of Storytellers (Ki Tavo 5781)

“The great questions – ‘Who are we?’, ‘What is our task?’ – are best answered by telling a story…

Jews were the first people to find God in history [and] to think in historical terms – of time as an arena of change as opposed to cyclical time in which…nothing really changes… the first people to write history… Yet biblical Hebrew has no word that means ‘history’… Instead, it uses the root zachor, meaning ‘memory.’

Picture The Scene of The Petition of Tzelofchad’s Daughters – Parshas Pinchas

“In this week’s parsha, Hashem commands Moshe to appoint a successor to lead the Jewish people:

G-d know[s] better than any human that no two people on this planet are exactly the same. Every person thinks differently, acts differently and reacts differently than every other person. Therefore [He] appoint[s] a leader who will have patience with and be able to tolerate each person according [to] the needs of that person’s individual personality.

Reticence vs. Impetuosity (Shemini 5781)

“To do anything great we have to be aware of these two temptations. One is the fear of greatness: who am I? The other is being convinced of your greatness: Who are they? I can do it better.

Looking Up (Beshallach 5781)

” ‘As long as Moses held his hands up, the Israelites prevailed, but when he let his hands down, the Amalekites prevailed. (Ex. 17:11)’   … The Mishnah is clear. Neither the staff nor Moses’ upraised hands were performing a miracle. They were simply reminding the Israelites to look up to heaven and remember that…… Continue reading Looking Up (Beshallach 5781)