Monday, May 21, 2018

Divrei Torah

Ramban to Behar: Creating Successful Atmospheres


The comments of Ramban I choose to review do not always align neatly with a central theme, but for Behar I think they do. We’ll start with his view of Shmita, which puts us in touch with the very metaphysically aware side of Ramban we’ve seen before.

Heads Held High: Bechukotai 5778

This week we read one of the two sections of the Torah called tochacha

Shavuot: A Day With No Ritual

Soon the holiday of Shavuot will arrive, a time known for when God delivered the Torah to the Jews at Mount Sinai. There is a fundamental question that must be asked about this holiday that can shed light on the document of the Torah that most

Holy Hutzpah


Growing up in the 50’s and 60’s, I was part of that TV generation. We didn’t yet

Ramban to Kedoshim: The Nature of Sanctity

Ramban made famous the phrase “naval birshut ha-Torah, a person who acts badly, with full permission of the Torah.” He said that

Sin as a Cover, Spontaneous Blessing and More

The Fat That Covers

The Torah and Halacha refer to two kinds of fat in an animal,

Geula and Messianism: Geulat Mitzraim and Geulat Yisrael

Geulat Mitzrayim is the prototypical process of redemption, the foundation of Jewish nationhood, the model and blueprint for all subsequent

The Great One

Shabbat Hagadol 5778

 When a conversation gets to the point where someone says “The Great One,” context

The Mishkan at Night, Its Staff and How the Torah Tells Us About It

The Mizbe’ach at Night

Parshat Tzav starts with rules for an

Temple in Time

Vayakhel-Pekudei 5778

There are widely disparate attitudes to time. Those with a more cavalier attitude find schedules and

Ramban to Vayakhel: The Roles of Fire and Money

 Rounding Out a Prohibition

 At the beginning of Vayakhel, Moshe gathers the people to remind them of proper Shabbat observance. In 35:2, he says not to perform

Criminal Profiling

Zachor 5778

In 1998, I made a recruiting trip for my yeshiva

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