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Torah, The: (lit. teaching) (a) The Five Books of Moses (The Bible); (b) the overall body of Jewish religious teachings encompassing the whole body of Jewish law, practice and tradition
An overview of the Parah Adumah from classical sources
Learn about the mysterious red heifer, which left even King Solomon, the wisest of all men, scratching his head in wonderment.
Is there a limit to altruism?
Just because you are ready to completely sacrifice your own spiritual development in order to help others with theirs, that doesn’t mean that G‑d is ready to accept that sacrifice.
Who was Og, why was Moses afraid of him, and what this teaches us about the protective power of a single act of kindness
This parshah talks about a very strange commandment. I say "strange," because there are certain details of the commandment to remove defilement by sprinkling the ashes of the red heifer that are unlike any other commandment in the Torah. The commandment o...
Why is the red heifer called chukat haTorah, "the decree of the Torah"? It's as if the Torah is saying, "This is the crux of the whole Torah." We know that the essence of the whole Torah is love of one's fellow: There is the famous story of the sage Hille...
The sages tell us that there is a link between the 613 commandments (mitzvot) and the human body . . .
This week, we are taught the law of the Red Heifer. If someone comes in contact with a dead body, they have to be purified by being sprinkled with water mixed with the ashes of the Red Heifer. Regarding this mitzvah, the Torah says, Zot chukat haTorah (“T...
Only by yearning to escape the confines of the earth can we imbue our life on earth with meaning.
Mired in Grudge Imagine if a sculpture was formed of your likeness when you were young and strong. Forty years later you would look back and see yourself in your prime, frozen in time at the peak of your strength. You would gaze wistfully at the strong li...
The Sages tell us that Aaron devoted himself to carrying out the command "love your fellow" to the highest degree. The Midrash relates how he attracted people to the teachings of the Torah...
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