The Promise of the Land

The Promise of the Land

The laws of Shmittah, the Sabbatical Year, are so unique, and so contrary to nature, that they are used to demonstrate that G-d has true power over His world, and gave us the Torah. Today, observance of the Sabbatical every seven years is a Rabbinic obligation (in the...
Guidance for Life

Guidance for Life

At the beginning of our reading, Kedoshim, Moshe is commanded to “speak to the entire congregation of the Children of Israel” [19:2]. Rashi explains that everyone was summoned to Moshe, to be taught these Commandments together. Why? Because, Rashi says,...
The Seder of an Eternal People

The Seder of an Eternal People

Everyone knows that this has been a difficult year. But it is specifically after a year like this one that we see that the Haggadah, a text thousands of years old, remains as relevant and empowering as ever. During the Seder, we not only talk about Pharoah and the...
The Unique Harm of Gossip

The Unique Harm of Gossip

Being human, we’ve all made mistakes. We’ve all made bad decisions, even doing things we knew we really shouldn’t. Sometimes, of course, such wrongdoing becomes public knowledge, and the embarrassment is extreme. [We even know of cases where people...
We Will Outlive Them, Too

We Will Outlive Them, Too

In this week’s Parsha, we learn the tragic story of Nadav and Avihu, the two sons of Aharon who died after offering a “strange fire” to Hashem. Moshe gives Aharon and his remaining sons special instructions: “do not grow your hair and do not...