Words Give Life: Torah for the Soul
parashas Ki Tisa - Incense and Avodah

parashas Ki Tisa - Incense and Avodah

March 5, 2021

The sweet smelling incense represents our service (avodah) to G-d; the service of the heart, consists of our prayers to G-d. May our words be lifted upon the wings of our love and fear (awe, reverence, and respect) of G-d.

parashas Ki Tisa 5781 - the Remedy Prevails

parashas Ki Tisa 5781 - the Remedy Prevails

March 4, 2021

The blueprints for the mishkan (tabernacle) given to Moses while he was on Sinai, were given to him before the fiasco of the golden calf. In this case, these blueprints served as the remedy (i.e., the mishkan itself) to the ailment (idolatry). For, as is written in the Talmud, the cure precedes the sickness.

parashas Tetzaveh 5781 - Exilic Faith

parashas Tetzaveh 5781 - Exilic Faith

February 26, 2021

The light of the menorah represents G-d's presence in our lives, even during the current exile. In times of darkness, the light may always found, if we search for its illumination in our lives.

parashas Tetzaveh 5781 - Crushed for the Sake of Purity

parashas Tetzaveh 5781 - Crushed for the Sake of Purity

February 23, 2021

The olive oil brought for the seven-branched menorah, needed to be of a top grade quality. The crushing of the olives to obtain this purity, symbolically is likened to our plight in this world, with all of the nisyanos (challenges) presented to us in our lives.

parashas Terumah 5781 - The Central Focus

parashas Terumah 5781 - The Central Focus

February 17, 2021

Rashi, Sforno, and the Torah itself contribute to our understanding of how the quality of our weekdays will enhance the experience of Shabbat. Our efforts during the  week are "rewarded," to some extent, by the felt level of kedushah (holiness), that we may receive on Shabbos.

parashas Terumah 5781 - His Presence

parashas Terumah 5781 - His Presence

February 15, 2021

The presence of the L'rd may dwell within us, as much as we resemble the holy space of the sanctuary. "Make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell within them." - Exodus 25:8

parashas Mishpatim 5781 - Slaves No More

parashas Mishpatim 5781 - Slaves No More

February 11, 2021

True freedom is to be free from the influence of our yetzer hara, otherwise referred to as the "evil inclination." We may be on the road to freedom, when we observe the commandments given at Sinai.

parashas Mishpatim 5781

parashas Mishpatim 5781

February 10, 2021

The sublime experiences of life, need to be reconciled with the ordinary day to day walk with G-d. To stay on the derech (path), bringing the spiritual awareness of non-ordinary experiences into every area of life is very important, in order to walk in a balanced way.

Derech Eretz parashas Yisro 5781 Faith in One

Derech Eretz parashas Yisro 5781 Faith in One

February 5, 2021

Yisro, the father-in-law of Moses accepts the G-d of Israel as the One True G-d.

Torah Light - parashas Yisro 5781 - Reverence Towards G-d

Torah Light - parashas Yisro 5781 - Reverence Towards G-d

February 5, 2021

Approaching H'Shem (the L-RD) with awe and reverence; the revelation at Sinai serves as a reminder, not to forget yiras H'Shem, fear of G-d, in terms of the proper attitude of awe, respect and reverence towards Him. 

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