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Inner Stream

Tetzaveh

Olives are a metaphor for the Jewish people. In the words of our sages, just as oil is extracted when the olive is compressed, so does the Jew. Oil refers to the inner resolve of our neshama (soul) that emerges in times of challenge...
Sound and Silence
Beyond life spans a vast stillness. But as long as we live and strive, sound denotes activity, activity denotes movement, and movement denotes a discrepancy between where we are and where we want to be . . .
As soon as the Tabernacle was erected, G‑d instructed that seven lights be kindled on the candelabra every day. Surprised, Moses asked, "Dear G‑d, You are the Master of light, do You require light from us?"
Tough Love
Woe to parents who discipline out of anger and, in their rage, forget their love.
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