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"And it was evening and it was morning, one day" (Genesis 1:5). Jewish Calendar Date When G‑d created time, He first created night and then day. Therefore, a Jewish calendar date begins with the night beforehand. While a day in the secular calendar begins...
An observant Jew recently joined my staff. He is a reliable employee, an honest man and a hard worker. But for the past few weeks he has been telling us that he needs to leave early on Fridays to be home in time for the Sabbath and the same on the eve of ...
Based on Zohar Shemot 262B
The entire sacrifice goes to the side of holiness, [as it] is the portion of holiness and its desire. That [Other] Side receives the portion of all the sins and iniquities given by the confession over the flesh of that offering, as it is written, "If your...
Based on Zohar Shemot 219A
Come and look at the verse, "an altar, a place for the burning of incense". (Ex. 30:1) Why is it called an "altar," [derived from a word meaning "slay"; the Satan is slain by the service on the 2 altars] and "a place for burning incens...
Based on Zohar Shemot 194A
"And he called it the "Tent of Appointed Time ". Was it not a "Tent of Appointed Time" from the start? What is "of appointed time"? At first it was called only a "tent", connoting a house of study. Now it was c...
Based on Zohar Shemot 183A
Two types of bread were eaten by Israel: when they left Egypt [on Pesach] they ate matzah, the bread of affliction and in the wilderness they ate bread from heaven, as it is written: "Behold, I will rain for you bread from heaven". (Ex. 16:4) Therefore, t...
Based on Zohar Shemot 125B
That youth [Rav Safra's son] opened [his explanation] with the blessing after the meal and said: One verse says, "And you shall eat before the L-rd your G‑d" (Deut. 14:23) and another verse says, "And rejoice before the L-rd your G‑d". (Deut. 27:7) These ...
Based on Zohar Shemot 125B
We have learned, by what deeds were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah merit to be saved from their tests? [Daniel was thrown into the pit of lions and the others were thrown into a fiery oven.] It is because they did not allow themselves to become unc...
Based on Zohar Shemot 89B
He [Rabbi Yudai] said to him [Rabbi Shimon]: Rabbi, this verse needs to be explained so that the [plural] beginning is reconciled with the [singular] end, for it is written: "And to them will I give in My house and within My walls a memorial better than s...
Based on Zohar Shemot 63B
Rabbi Yehuda said: Every single day, the world is blessed from that supernal day, the seventh day [bina which is called the supernal Shabbat] for each and every one of the six [supernal] days [i.e. sefirot, from chesed to yesod, each sefira corresponding ...
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