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Ki Sisa – Receiving the 7th in the 6th

Why is the concept of Shabbos the introduction to the story of the Golden Calf? Why does Moshe study the Torah for forty days diligently, only to forget it and then receive it as a gift in the end? Why do the Jewish people use the Manna in their idolatrous worship of the Golden Calf?…

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Vaeschanan – Expanding and Defining Borders

Why is Moshe not allowed to enter into Eretz Yisrael despite his 515 entreaties? What is the concept of him looking into the land? Why do we switch out of mourning on the 9th of Av and straight into joy and relationship? What is the parallel between the month of Tammuz that seems to extend…

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Behar – losing oneself in unity

What is the concept of the Shemitah year where one gives up ownership on one’s own land? How does this relate to what happens on Shabbos? What is the significance of the sixth and seventh aspects in this context? When is it appropriate to ‘lose oneself’ in the greater Unity of God and spirituality? What…

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Dovid, Yosef, the sixth hour and the seventh hour

I thought that title would get your attention. And, to boot, this is post number 607. Cool. Someone recently left a comment on the blog that they miss my moshiach messages. I wrote back that the messages are still there, you just have to know how to hear them. I don’t need to say too…

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Shmini – Six, Seven, and Eight

Why is the mishkan completed on the same day as the creation of Man? What is the significance of the fact that it is both the sixth day of creation and the eighth day of the mishkan? What is the deeper concept of the numbers six, seven, and eight? How is the sadness of this…

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Two articles on Kislev

I again wrote two different articles with the same theme that appeared in two different places, be’H. The first appeared on Aish.com, and the second will be appearing in the Beltway Buzz magazine of DC.You will notice that they both start and end the same (basically). Here is the Aish.com version: The Autumn TriadHow the…

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The missing malchus (female aspect)

I wanted to share a deep thought that struck me early today. When one has a good grasp of the core concepts underlying Hashem’s world, the ideas laid down in the deeper sources, one can see applications of those ideas in a very broad range of places. Perhaps the most essential concept is the balance…

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Some more thoughts

Over Shabbos, and continuing until today, I have had a few thoughts that I found inspiring and wanted to share with you. On Friday night, when I came home from davening, I opened up the Mishpacha magazine, and I read something that was so exciting, it literally made me sing with joy. It was an…

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Emor – Conduit of Blessings

What is the concept of the Lechem Hapanim? Why are there specifically two rows of six loaves of bread? What is the function of the frankincense that is part of the offering? Why was it saved from week to week, only eaten a week after the Shabbos it had originally been placed there? What is…

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Noach – The tzadik's role

Why do the numbers six and seven seem to occur many times in the story of Noach? What is the dual nature of the tzadik’s role in the world? What is the connection between Noach and Yosef? Find out in this week’s Parsha Podcast. This week’s parsha podcast is also available in text form (for…

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