Sedra Shoftim, 120 Words

  Judaism is about engagement. Gd does not want obedience. Obedience is mindless. With obedience there is no love nor loyalty; there may well be resentment. Obedience is simply Pavlov’s dog on two… Continue reading

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What is Love? Why are we commanded to love Gd? And WHY does Gd constantly test to re-affirm our love? Here is one easy question to answer all the above: are we, ordinary… Continue reading

Sedra Eikev 120 Words

“What does Gd ask of you?” [Devarim 10:12] which means, not very much at all. Why do we find it so difficult to forget and certainly to forgive those who betrayed us? We… Continue reading

Sedra VaEsChanan 120 Words

  This Shabbos is the “Shabbos of Comfort” But the word Nachem, although commonly used to convey the notion of comfort, as in Nichum Aveilim, comforting those who are in mourning; actually means… Continue reading

Sedra Devarim 120 Words

Moses, counting his final days, conveys in this week’s Sedra, a review of The People’s shortcomings, which is locked into our religious memory. How could a people so close to Gd, eating His food… Continue reading

HaRav Elyashiv: The Passing of a Tzaddik is an Atonement

Our Sages say, that the passing of Tzaddikim, the righteous, is an atonement for the community. Upon reflection of the mass of people from all shades of the Jewish spectrum, that paid homage… Continue reading

We Shall Cut the Baby in Two – Did King Solomon Lie?

  DID SHELOMO HAMELECH LIE? The well known adage, “one is permitted to lie in order to promote peace” is taught at a very tender age to our budding Talmud scholars. It is… Continue reading

When and Why do we Accept or Reject Halachic Precedent?

The Torah, Gd, imposes a heavy duty upon each individual to think for themselves. This duty is enunciated in the Halacha [RaMBaM Mamrim Chapter 2] a BD must rule according to its own… Continue reading

120 words Sedra Matos

  An innocent act believed by the perpetrator to be a betrayal, requires forgiveness [Rashi 30:6]. Betrayal is not the action but the thought. Need this be said? Your enemy who throws you… Continue reading

“Better the open criticism …” Seeing Kosher VeYosher from a different perspective

It is always interesting to see oneself through the eyes of another, particularly if it is through the eyes of  a critic. As our prophet says, “Better the open criticism than the love… Continue reading