The Mussar teachers draw three major lessons from Parshat Tzav:Character traits can be for the good or for the bad. What matters is how we use them. And for […]
Leviticus is a guide through the rituals and rules of the priests serving in the Mishkan, taking us ultimately to the truths found in the holy of holies. As we […]
The Book of Exodus completes with a description of the building of the Mishkan. Just before Moses leads the Israelites in it’s construction, he reminds them that the Sabbath comes […]
Tetzaveh continues the detailed description of the artifacts and materials of the Sanctuary. It seems that the Torah has little to teach us here about spiritual development or becoming a […]
Shemot (14: 1-5) (Robert Alter, trans.) And the Lord spoke to Moses “… And I shall toughen Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them, that I may gain glory through […]
How do we learn from the Torah and our life experiences? What is the exodus from Egypt supposed to teach us? The Mussar teachers tell us that the Torah and […]
A fundamental principle of Mussar is that inner change is possible. Why then does God harden Pharaoh’s heart?
Shemot (7: 3-6) (Robert Alter, trans.) “And I on […]
How did Moses become Moses?
Shemot (2:11) (Robert Alter, trans.) And it happened at that time that Moses grew and went out to his brothers and saw their burdens.
How is a curse a blessing?
Bereishit (49:1-7) (Robert Alter, trans.) Assemble and hearken, O Jacob’s sons, and hearken to Israel your father. Reuben, my firstborn are you — my […]
Bereishit (45:1-3) (Robert Alter, trans.) And Joseph could not longer hold himself in check before all who stood attendance upon him, and he cried, “Clear out everyone around […]