Category Archives: Torah Insights

What is the “holiness” of the Shabbat?

Although like many people I’m aware of the fact that according to Judaism the Shabbat (Sabbath) is “holy”, it was only recently that I acquired what I believe is a more insightful meaning of this seemingly basic Jewish concept. Before … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Sh’ma

Twice a day during prayers, once in the morning and once in the evening, a Jew is required to say the Sh’ma. The first six words, loosely translated (in old English) as “Hear O Israel, the Lord is our G-d, … Continue reading

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Whose Compassion?

One of the most intriguing back-to-back verses in the Hebrew prayer book is the plea made three times daily by the Jewish people to G-d, “May Our Eyes See Your Return to Zion in Compassion” and G-d’s ensuing promise that … Continue reading

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Arab Claims of Sovereignty over the Land of Israel

While in the Torah we find that G-d promised Abraham/Isaac/Jacob that their offspring would receive the Land of Israel (the Land of Canaan in the Torah), we also find that G-d promised Ishmael, the eldest son of Abraham, that he … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Protests

Like anyone who lives in Israel, I can definitely relate to the protests sweeping the country. The rising cost of living, considering the average Israeli salary, is certainly alarming. Although it’s true that there is a distinctive left-leaning anti-Bibi slant … Continue reading

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Only in Israel

Throughout the years I’ve met many Jews, both here in Israel and in the Diaspora, who share my inner belief that the Jewish people have been chosen by God for a special task. Similarly, they also understand that the Jewish … Continue reading

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Returning to the “Avraham Stage”

On the verse “And all the wells which the servants of his father had dug in the days of Avraham his father, the Philistines had closed them up and filled them with earth”(Bereishit 26:15), Rabbi Shimshon Rafael Hirsch explains that this negative … Continue reading

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May Our Eyes See Your Return to Zion in Compassion

Something strange just struck me about this verse, quoted three times daily as part of the shemoneh esrei prayer.  If the meaning is that we merit to witness the return of God’s Presence to Zion (Jerusalem), then the word for “see” … Continue reading

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A Lesson for Diaspora “Jewish Leaders”

29 March 2011 Towards the end of the book of Bereishit (Genesis) it says: And when the days of weeping for him were past, Joseph spoke unto the house of Pharaoh, saying: “If now I have found favor in your … Continue reading

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Opposite Messages of Fire

28 March 2011 In the book of Shemot (Exodus) there are two interesting passages regarding fire. The first is presented in the story of the burning bush. “An angel of Hashem appeared to him in a blaze of fire from … Continue reading

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