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A miracle can be defined as something which directly reveals the power of the Divine. In this sense, reproduction has the quality of a miracle, in particular the birth of a child who is destined to reveal G‑dliness in the world.
The experience of galut (exile) is compared to a state of pregnancy.
Why can’t people become better, more wholesome, more peaceful and G‑d-conscious as we progress towards Moshiach? The answer follows the lines of the unusual law of the pure leper.
What’s a “spiritual”? It has all the trappings of the routine checkup we call a “physical”—height, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and stress tests on the treadmill and up and down the little staircase . . .
The signs of tzaraat—a mystical interpretation.
For an informed reading of II Kings 4:42–5:19
The haftarah is about the story of Naaman, a gentile aristocrat who was cured of his tzaraat by the prophet Elisha.
In the Talmud, a question is asked: “What is Moshiach’s name? The rabbis say, “the metzora of the house of Rebbi.” On the verse “and the metzora that has the lesion,” the Midrash explains, “metzora, this is the Holy Temple.” The metzora is one inflicted b...
This week: "Why do crabs need to break out of their old shells in order to grow bigger? Seriously, it must be painful—imagine having to shed your comfy shell..."
This week's Parshah discusses the avoidance of slander or gossip, lashon hara. It may sound blatantly obvious that a community will function better without gossip, slander and telling tales. Why did the Torah need to tell us? Yet like so many other things...
In terms of our spiritual development, we can apply this law to all types of spiritual sicknesses. We are not the ones to make the final diagnosis of our own faults and shortcomings...
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