Sedra VaYelech 120 Words

We are not surprised that Moshe Rabbenu argues with Gd. Or even that Gd should concede to Moshe. We understand that life and Torah are about challenges and debate. In Yiddishkeit, there are… Continue reading

Sedra Ki Savo 120 Words

27:9, “Today you have become a People to Gd your Lord.” Which day is this? The day we left Egypt? The day we stood at Sinai? Yom Kippur, when we received the second… Continue reading

Sedra Ki SeTze 120 Words

Following execution, the body of the criminal must be publicly hanged, but may not be left overnight since, [Devarim, 21:23] a person who has been hanged is a curse to Gd [The Living… Continue reading

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