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“Let us make a name for ourselves,” was the motto of the building campaign for the tower of Babel. It was several hundred years after the great biblical flood had laid waste to humanity and the people wanted something grandiose to celebrate. The ten survivors that had emerged from the …

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Tazria: Reconciliation

March 23, 2014 – 5:37 am | 5,405 views
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Reversing the Order
The Torah mandates that after giving birth, mothers bring two offerings[1] in the following order. “She shall take two turtle doves or two young doves: one as a burnt offering and one as a sin offering.”[2] The burnt offering first, then the sin offering.

Lech Lecha: The Convert’s Soul

October 6, 2013 – 5:58 am | One Comment | 5,187 views
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No Fear
On one of my visits to Israel a dear friend took me on a tour of the ruins of Shiloh. He showed me the remnants of a huge stone wall atop a massive hill and described how formidable the fortress appeared to lone travelers at the bottom of the …

Balak: The Power of Birth

June 22, 2010 – 12:21 am | 1,922 views
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The Individual
Billam stood on a hilltop overlooking the Jewish camp. He was brought there to curse the Jews, but as his gaze fell upon their camp he beheld a vista of sanctity, nobility and rectitude. He couldn’t bring himself to curse them. And when he was prompted, he spoke the …

Tazria Mitzorah: Circumcision – The Mark of Truth

April 23, 2006 – 9:46 am | 2 Comments | 9,272 views
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Eight Days
A baby is born, Mazal Tov, now the mad rush begins. Whom do you call first? Parents before siblings, siblings before friends and friends before colleagues. Every call brings new questions: what is the baby’s, weight, size, eye color and, of course, gender. Is it a boy or a …

Tazria: The Power of Circumcision

January 12, 2006 – 3:41 am | One Comment | 1,922 views
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Three Gifts
The power of circumcision is such that we are promised three rewards for it – manifestation of the divine presence, eternal ownership of the land of Israel and  preservation of the patrilineal line of Davidic Descent.(1)

Life Cycle: Circumcision

November 4, 2005 – 2:48 am | 1,198 views

Entering the Ranks

The Hebrew word for Circumcision is Brit Milah (the Covenant of
Circumcision). When we circumcise our children we are in effect
fulfilling their personal covenant with G-d.
Through the Brit they are allowed entry into the ranks of our nation.
At this moment they connect with the millions of Jewish souls that …

Life Cycle: Birth

November 4, 2005 – 2:48 am | 1,163 views

a child into the world is the greatest blessing that G-d has bestowed
upon mankind. When we give birth, we form a partnership with G-d in the
act of creation.

In birth we
become a part of creation ex-nihilo, creating something out of nothing.
A fetus that simply did not exist before has suddenly …

Life Cycle: Childhood

November 4, 2005 – 2:48 am | 1,224 views

Innocence of Youth

The magical age
of childhood is one of purity and innocence. The simple trust that a
child places in his parents, the simple faith a child places in G-d is
the essence of holiness and beauty. It is precisely this innocence that
serves as a foundation for adulthood and life.

The child’s
perception is …