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Tetzaveh: Bells and Robes

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less. -C. S. Lewis “And you shall make holy garments for Aaron, your brother, for honor and for glory.” One of the eight garments that the High Priest was expected to wear was a cloak with a distinctive detail in its design. At theContinue reading “Tetzaveh: Bells and Robes”

SHEMOT: Who runs the world?

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”  – Marianne Williamson (Author and Activist) Exodus, “The book of names” ironically seems to be intentionally ambiguous, with names of the main characters at the outset of the book. The verses seem deliberately vague. We learnContinue reading “SHEMOT: Who runs the world?”

CHANUKAH:Culture and Anarchy Hebrew and Hellenist

Hebraism and Hellenism, – between these two points of influence moves our world. Matthew Arnold First, never go against the best light you have; secondly, take care that your light be not darkness. Thomas Wilson It was Eric Gruen, in his Heritage and Hellenism, who wrote that the Macabbean revolution sparked a process that helped to define Jewish characterContinue reading “CHANUKAH:Culture and Anarchy Hebrew and Hellenist”

VAYISHLACH: Are we meant to be comfortable with ourselves?

“So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak.” Bereishit 32:24 It was the great American leader and Rabbi, Joseph Soloveitchik, who asked, in his seminal work The Lonely Man of Faithn whether loneliness can be either the Kierkegaardian anguish – an ontological fear nurtured by the awareness of nonbeing threatening one’s existence –Continue reading “VAYISHLACH: Are we meant to be comfortable with ourselves?”

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