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Determination, obstinacy and ambition are essential attitudes for striving to reach one’s spiritual goals. But if a good stiff neck is not tempered by humility, then it becomes very difficult to move one’s head.
Spiritual gluttony is no less selfish than the physical sort, and one who focuses solely on self-realization and self-fulfillment -- be it in the most positive and lofty sense -- is turning his Holy Temple inside out
“My design for A New Home for the New Millennium may seem revolutionary,” explained the architect, “but only because we have drifted away from the home’s initial, primal function . . .”
This Altar served a variety of uses. The top was used to burn the various sacrifices. The walls were used for the sprinkling the blood of certain sacrifices.
According to the interpretation of the Or HaChayim, the Torah portion of Acharei beginsVayikra 16:1. as follows: “G-d spoke to Moshe [of] the death of Aharon’s two sons [Nadav and Avihu], who drew so close to G-d that they died.” The verse thereby indicat...
In his Likkutei Torah Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi explains that the altar represents the heart. Corresponding to the two altars of the Sanctuary, the outer and the inner, are the outer and inner levels of the heart, its surface personality and its essen...
There were two altars in the Mishkan. Parshat Terumah teaches us about the copper altar, Exodus 27:1-8. upon which animal sacrifices and meal offerings were brought, and Tetzaveh tells us about the golden altar, Exodus 30:1-10. upon which incense was offe...
Rashi, in discussing the Torah portion of Tzav, quotes the words:Vayikra 6:6. “A constant fire shall burn upon the altar; it shall not be extinguished,” and explains that “the fire about which the verse states ‘constant’ (i.e., the fire upon the outer alt...
Imagine a house with three rooms: a large room where the bulk of your time is spent; a smaller chamber where precious occasions of the spirit are enjoyed; and a rarely visited sanctum that is the absolute center of your life.
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