Hashem

Bimidbar – intensifying relationships

What is the significance of the fact that the Torah introduces the counting of the people of Israel by informing us that Hashem spoke to Moshe in the desert of Sinai and the mishkan? Why were the Levites needed to act as a buffer between the rest of the Jewish people and the sanctuary? Why…

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Vayikra – Expansion in Limitation

What is the deeper meaning of the concept of the korbanos? How does the sacrifice of animals enhance our relationship with Hashem? Why was Noach able to bring all the Kosher animals as sacrifices, whereas the Jewish people were limited to domesticated animals like cows and sheep? What is the deeper meaning of Hashem’s call…

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Vayakhel-Pekudei – Hashem's Unconditional Love

Why is the parsha of the sin of the golden calf found right in the middle of the account of the building of the mishkan? Has anything changed in the relationship between the Jewish people and Hashem before and after the sin? What is the secret of the thirteen attributes of divine mercy? What is…

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Ekev – Understanding Fear of Hashem

What is the concept of fear of Hashem in Judaism? Why is it the gateway through which we enter into a relationship of love with Hashem? What is the fundamental relationship of this concept to the concepts of Unity and Disparity, and Kindness and Restraint? Find out in this week’s parsha podcast.

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Va'eschanan – Loving Hashem

How do we develop a love for Hashem? How do we understand our rhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifelationship with Him? Why does this parsha follow Tisha B’av? Find out in this week’s parsha podcast.

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Matos-Masei – Unifying Hashem

Was the request of the tribes of Reuven and Gad and part of Menashe an appropriate one? Most of the commentaries say No, but Rabbenu Bachai seems to say both yes and no. What were the positives and negatives? Why did Moshe give them specific advice, and did the advice work? Find out in this…

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Moshiach, now?

The following comment was posted on the previous post: Please, Ari, please don’t fall into the trap of predicting a scary downfall of America. Just three months ago, I asked R. Chaim Kanievsky if I should move my family to E”Y. I was all excited about it. He replied that I cannot come without parnassah.…

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Seeds of redemption

Before Purim, someone shared a beautiful pshat with me in the name of the Chasam Sofer (I believe). If one goes back to the root of the miracle of Purim, we can trace the beginning stage to the party of Achashverosh that is described at the beginning of the story. During that party, the king…

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More on shining God's light

Ari, please help me to synthesize your recent blog messages, if you can. You sang of how Mashiach will bestow Tzion on the humbled klal. Today you posted about shining our personal power at http://geulahperspectives.blogspot.com/2009/02/shining-gods-light.html Now, how does one combine intentional use of superb unique abilities with anivut (humility)? Great question! The answer, like a…

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Shining God's light

I’d like to share a quote which I read recently in Stephen Covey’s book, The 8th Habit. Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be…

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