Believe in the Goodness

Believe in the Goodness

In this week’s Parsha, the first in the Book of Devarim, Deuteronomy, Moshe recounts before Israel the episode of the spies, in which one representative of each of the twelve tribes entered into Israel to spy it out, and they returned with an evil report (see...
The Face of A Dog

The Face of A Dog

In this week’s reading, G-d tells Moshe to ascend Mt. Avarim and look upon the Promised Land, which Moshe would not enter. Rather, he would soon pass away, as his brother Aharon had before him. Moshe immediately (and selflessly) calls upon HaShem to appoint a...
New Every Morning

New Every Morning

Saturday night begins the holiday of Shavuos, the day when we received the Torah at Mt. Sinai. There is a common custom, observed in many Jewish communities, to spend all of Shavuos night awake, studying Torah, preparing to receive it in the morning. This custom...
Making the Days Count

Making the Days Count

In this week’s reading, we learn a Mitzvah pertaining to the current time period on the Jewish calendar: the Counting of the Omer. After bringing a special offering of an Omer (sheaf) of grain on the second day of the Passover holiday, the Torah commands,...
In Every Generation, Including Today’s

In Every Generation, Including Today’s

“In every generation they stand against us to destroy us, and the Holy One, Blessed be He, saves us from their hands.” These words from the Passover Haggadah are as true today as they were when written, well over a millennium ago. They are also why...