16 Lessons The Mitzva of Praying and its Value The Power of Prayer For many of us the source of our motivation to pray is our belief that we have the power to engage God for our needs. Nevertheless, moments where we fear that our personal lacking and sin will cause God to turn us a deaf ear cannot be escaped. The Jewish Household Do not turn away from your own flesh All of us aspire to have those ideal families which we read about in stories. All too often our families fall short of this ideal, often quite short. Noach Lawlessness What does the case of the Mishnah, going back on one’s word have to do with the Flood? An insight may be found in the Talmud Yerushalmi. Unity and Controversy The Expanse of Unity Sometimes division seems good and constructive. But already at the very start of the creation of the world, the Sages of the Land of Israel impart to us that division is extremely undesirable. Terumah Betzalel: Man’s Lofty Intellect Amaleck Happy Birthday When we are little, nothing excites us more than that long awaited birthday. As we et older, that blissful excitement quietly dwindles.But this is not how we should see such a joyous day! Terumah The Wisdom of Women One of the special services that the women were able to provide in the construction of the Mishkan was in weaving materials. Kiddush Hashem Kiddush Hashem Kiddush Hashem, sanctifying God’s name, specifically before a gentile all too often is not even about the gentile at all. Korach Letter of the Law Korach’s argument presupposes that it is the reason behind the Law and not the Law itself that is ultimately binding. Moses, on the other hand, derives the law matter-of-factedly, the reason behind it playing no role in its obligatoriness.
Vayikra The HIgh Priest and the Collective we discern quite clearly that God also judges the Jewish People as a whole and by their collective merits. Having Faith in Hashem Do out of Love. Do out of fear Some people worship God because they fear the consequences of disobedience, Others pine for a true devoutness to God never feeling that they achieved it.
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