Good Judgment

Good Judgment

Our reading begins, “And these are the judgments…” [Ex. 21:1] The laws in the Torah described as “judgments” are civil laws, which every society must have in order to avoid anarchy. Yet the Torah emphasizes that its civil laws are of...
Take the Next Step

Take the Next Step

What happens when you hear something that truly inspires you? What do you “take home” afterwards? I once heard that there are three possible reactions people might have. Some will simply shrug it off, thinking, “it really wasn’t important to...
Grab the Opportunity

Grab the Opportunity

Rabbi Sholom Schwadron ztl, the famed Magid (storyteller and inspirational speaker) of Jerusalem, would tell the story of an Israeli soldier who was terribly anxious and fearful in the middle of a heavy battle. Bullets and explosives were landing all around him, and...
Follow Failures

Follow Failures

Moshe (Moses) came to the Jewish people to tell them their exile would soon be coming to an end. Yet what was their response? “They did not listen to Moshe, because of their shortened spirit and hard work” [Ex. 6:9]. G-d then tells Moshe to go to Pharaoh,...
What a Sight!

What a Sight!

Our ability to see is the strongest of our senses. What we see penetrates our inner conscience, and can guide us towards right or wrong. Visual media is so attractive and popular because it touches the core, the soul, of the human being. When advertisers want to drive...
Tears of Connection

Tears of Connection

What makes you cry? Some cry at weddings and other happy moments. Others, in times of deep sadness and loss. When Yosef (Joseph) overheard his brothers express regret for selling him as a slave, he cried. When they brought his brother Binyamin down to Egypt to see...