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Lubavitcher Rebbe (Adaptations)

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On the personal, cosmic and spiritual significance of the Torah's kilayim (anti-hybridization) laws
The Torah instructs that judges and officers are to be appointed “in all your city gates”—wherever Jews live; but that the “cities of refuge” are to be established only in the land of Israel. Why this distinction between judgement and atonement, between t...
What is the Torah’s view on meat eating? In our Parshah, the laws and preconditions for eating “meat of desire” (i.e., meat whose consumption is not a mitzvah or a necessity) are set forth—prompting much discussion in the Talmud, the commentaries, and the...
Pinchas' deed evokes many associations -- courage, decisiveness and religious passion are several that come to mind -- but peace hardly seems one of them. Pinchas, after all, killed two people. So why does the Torah describe him as a man of peace? To unde...
Thoughts for the Yahrzeit of the Rebbe
Rabbi Judah, the Rebbe in his time of all Israel, as he passed from life confined within a body to liberation from all physical bonds —as he began to attain higher and yet incomparably higher states of being, for “the righteous have no rest, not in this w...
The classical interpretation is that Leah and Dinah’s behavior is being condemned as unbecoming the Jewish woman’s virtue of “innerness.” But a careful analysis of the source texts shows the very opposite to be the case . . .
Ishmael's mother was the Egyptian Hagar, while Isaac was born to the righteous Sarah. But Jacob and Esau were twins; what explain their divergent characters?
What a seemingly negligible detail of the marriage of Isaac and Rebecca tells us about the nature of marriage between man and woman, and the nature of the marriage between man and G‑d we call “life.”
Why were Isaac and Ishmael circumcised at different ages?
Abraham’s two sons represents two radically different modes of relating to G‑d.
The respective roles of faith and intellect in Abraham’s discovery of the truth of the one G-d.
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