For someone who has never observed the Sabbath, the ‘rest’ of the Seventh can seem overwhelmingly restricting. Besides for all agricultural labor that is outright prohibited, there are also restrictions that affect many other aspects in day-to-day life. For instance, one is not permitted to cook, write, dye, ignite a fire, carry any objects outside of their home, travel, prepare anything for Sunday, and tens more. Continue reading “The relevance of the Sabbath”
God tells Moses: “Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy.” (Leviticus 19:2) This verse clearly sounds like a command; but some leading scholars believe that it is not a commandment for itself. It is, rather, the mission statement of the Jewish faith.
Before we examine this verse let’s read the Midrash: Continue reading “As Holy as God?”
Robots and angels don’t err, they can live for a thousand years without making a single mistake. Human beings, however, sin and fail and make lots and lots of stupid decisions; individually and communally. There is, however, an obvious distinction between mistakes committed by individuals and sins perpetrated by a collaboration of many people. Current day Germany is a perfect example. Continue reading “The Golden Calf. Why not a lion?”
As our patriarch Jacob prepared to depart from this world, he summoned his son, Joseph, the vice king of Egypt, and his two children Ephraim and Manasseh for final blessings. Jacob then exclaimed to Joseph: Continue reading “The Story of Lonely Faith”
In the Book of Genesis, the bible relates of the confrontation of two long estranged brothers. Jacob escaped from his parents’ home in fear of his brother Esau from whom he’d robbed their father’s final blessing. Now, when the scene is set, it is thirty-five years later and Jacob heard rumors that his brother is coming to meet him, so Jacob sent messengers to get exact details: Continue reading “Jacob’s guide to emotional health”
Elaboration on previous post “Dirty Hands” check it out
Shalom, Salam to you my dear friends,
I would like to share a thought I had, perhaps many of you can identify with it. If you follow this amazing blog, you might’ve read my recent post which as Paul put it “generated quite a discussion.” Two nights after posting it, the comment section was overflowing with comments and I couldn’t fall asleep.
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Appreciation is a weird thing. It defines the quality of a human being. One who shows gratitude to the gifts and blessings he receives, is a humble and decent person. And the opposite is one who feels entitled. The ironic twist to all this, is that we tend to appreciate the rather smaller gifts than the bigger ones. Continue reading “Appreciation: Rashi”
“What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.” Deuteronomy 12:32
The following is a description of my experience as an amateur writer, and somewhat a confession. First, I try to take ideas that are eating at my senses, attempt to write them down in the best way possible and then read it twenty times. Eventually, I get sick of reading my own words, so I share the writ with my friends and family. Some of the readers appreciate it and others are outraged (all have grammatical corrections to offer). Whatever, it keeps me busy for a few days. Continue reading “What else is new?”