We Shall Do and We Shall Listen

Moshe comes and declares to the people all the words of Hashem, and all the mishpatim[1], and all the people replied in one voice, and said, “All the words Hashem has spoken we do.” And Moshe writes all the words of Hashem, and he rises early in the morning, and builds an altar under the […]

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Cardiologists and Hardened Arteries

I went to a baby naming ceremony last Shabbos. I went to a congregation in the Tampa area for the first time. The people were pleasant and warm, but the service structure is not my cup of tea – which is not intended to be a negative critique. Simply stated, there are many expressions that […]

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Misappropriation

Numbers and Leviticus are antithetical. Leviticus is mostly law with a little narrative sprinkled for diversity, while Numbers is mostly narrative with some law intermingled. Parsha Naso, like the book of Numbers in which it resides, has narrative but it also has a few laws stuck in for added flavor. To get our best understanding […]

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Moshe and the Three Disqualifiers

Now the man Moshe was very humble, more than all people who were on the face of the earth[1]. What made Moshe so humble? There are at least two reasons. First, he had a unique encounter with Hashem that no one else in the world had experienced. In the cleft of a rock, Hashem’s Splendor […]

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The Psychology of Joseph in Two Phrases

There are two phrases that explain the psychology of Joseph. The first arrives soon after our introduction to the last hero of Genesis. In the opening story, he is given a coat to express the honor he finds in his father’s eye as the inheritor of the Birchas habechor[1]. The brother despised him because he […]

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Psychological Warfare

There is a uniqueness to Joseph we witness whenever he opens his mouth. His G-d consciousness is greater than any other in all of Chumash. He even surpasses the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and his father, Jacob. Even when he meets his brothers in Parshah Miketz[1], this tendency seems to create an uneasiness or tension, as […]

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