We all face moments in our lives over which we repent. Sometimes these concern matters that directly affect our fellow human beings, animals, or nature, and sometimes they concern our behavior towards G-d. Does it make sense to repent if the consequences cannot be reversed? Should we repent if we… Read More »REPENTANCE – TESHUVA
Genesis 28:1-2 וַיִּקְרָ֥א יִצְחָ֛ק אֶֽל־יַעֲקֹ֖ב וַיְבָ֣רֶךְ אֹת֑וֹ וַיְצַוֵּ֙הוּ֙ וַיֹּ֣אמֶר ל֔וֹ לֹֽא־תִקַּ֥ח אִשָּׁ֖ה מִבְּנ֥וֹת כְּנָֽעַן׃ So, Isaac sent for Jacob and blessed him. He instructed him, saying, “You shall not take a wife from among the Canaanite women. ק֥וּם לֵךְ֙ פַּדֶּ֣נָֽה אֲרָ֔ם בֵּ֥יתָה בְתוּאֵ֖ל אֲבִ֣י אִמֶּ֑ךָ וְקַח־לְךָ֤ מִשָּׁם֙ אִשָּׁ֔ה מִבְּנ֥וֹת לָבָ֖ן… Read More »PREPARE YOUR DAY WITH A PIECE OF TORA CONTEMPLATION
26 Sivan 5783 – 15 June 2023 “It is a land of milk and honey…however the people are very mighty, and the cities are large and well-fortified…” As Moses was about to lead the Jewish people into the Promised Land, they requested to first send an advance party of spies.… Read More »NUMBERS 13:27-28 – THE EFFECT OF LOOKING AT THE TZITZIT
Both Moses and Joshua sent spies to the land before they wanted to enter it. The spies sent by Moses led to 10 of the 12 spies giving a report which made the people not want to enter the land. After the spies sent by Joshua, the people entered the… Read More »Parshat Shlach – The difference between the Spies of Moses and Joshua
What is Bar Mitzvah Bar (or bat) Mitzvah in Hebrew translates to “son (daughter) of commandment in English. It means that a Jewish boy or girl is responsible from then on for properly observing the commandments (mitzvot) of the Torah. A Jewish boy automatically becomes Bar Mitzvah when he turns… Read More »Bar Mitzvah and Noahides
Faith in the Messiah is 1 of Maimonides’ 13 Principles of Faith. 12. I fully believe that the Messiah will definitely come and though he may also be a long time off I expect his coming every day. Maimonides codified belief in the Moshiach as one of the essential principles… Read More »WHY IS THE MESSIAH CALLED A SPROUT?
What is the meaning of the number 600.000? The first thing that comes to mind with this number is to reduce it to 6 (6+0+0..etc=6). Which evokes the association with the creation of the world, in which the number six plays an important role. The Tikkunei Zohar divides the word… Read More »What is the Meaning of the Number 600.000?
בס”ד 6 Sivan 5783 – 26 May 2023 וַיֹּ֨אמֶר ה’ אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֗ה הִנֵּ֨ה אָנֹכִ֜י בָּ֣א אֵלֶ֘יךָ֮ בְּעַ֣ב הֶֽעָנָן֒ בַּעֲב֞וּר יִשְׁמַ֤ע הָעָם֙ בְּדַבְּרִ֣י עִמָּ֔ךְ וְגַם־בְּךָ֖ יַאֲמִ֣ינוּ לְעוֹלָ֑ם וַיַּגֵּ֥ד מֹשֶׁ֛ה אֶת־דִּבְרֵ֥י הָעָ֖ם אֶל־ה’׃ And Hashem said to Moses, “I will come to you in a thick cloud, in order that the people may… Read More »Exodus 19:9 – Mesorah – Chain of Transmission
At first, glance, which doesn’t seem like such a complicated question. The first day of Shavuot is the 6th of Sivan and thus the day the Torah was given. At first, glance, which does not seem like such a complicated question, which was on Shavuot. After all, we have counted… Read More »On Which Date was the Torah Given?
A practical question frequently asked is: can I buy and eat meat from a supermarket or regular butcher shop, or should I buy kosher slaughtered meat, or maybe become vegetarian? In Genesis, we read that to Adam, the green herb was given to eat. וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֱ-לֹקים הִנֵּה֩ נָתַ֨תִּי לָכֶ֜ם אֶת־כׇּל־עֵ֣שֶׂב ׀… Read More »Eiver min ha-Chai – The Prohibition of Meat of a Living Animal