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Lubavitcher Rebbe; adapted by Yanki Tauber

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An important component of the Torah reading of Eikev is the nine verses (Deuteronomy 11:13–21) which constitute the second parshah (“section” or “chapter”) of the Shema. Last week’s reading of Va’etchanan included the six verses that make up the Shema’s f...
If Moses would have crossed the Jordan, that would have been the end: the end of the struggle, the end of history . . .
On whose initiative were the spies sent? The way the story is told in Numbers 13, it was by divine command. But when Moses recounts these events 40 years later, he tells the people of Israel that it was their idea. The contradiction describes a watershed ...
Nice, 1941
Why content ourselves with the perfection of the individual self, when we have been empowered to transform the world?
Who has not fallen prey to the oh-so-human tendency to compare his life to the lives of others? “If only I had So-and-So’s mind (or talent, or money), then I’d be able to make a difference and have some impact on the world!″
``One cannot banish a life for the sake of a life'' Talmud, Sanhedrin 72b. is a major principle of Torah law. A human life is of immeasurable, unqualifiable, infinite value. The life of an imbecile is worth no less than that of a genius, nor can the great...
When the Torah instructs us to "follow the majority," Exodus 23:2. it seems to simply reiterate a most basic fact of life. Physically (as in a snowflake falling into a tub of boiling water), socially (as in the small ethnic minority assimilating within th...
How can a unit of time be defined as a day of rest, the very antithesis of time?
Chanukkah 1939
"For a mitzvah is a candle, and Torah, light" (Proverbs 6:23). The essence of our mission in life is to shed light, to illuminate a universe darkened by ignorance and strife. Three mitzvot reflect their quintessential function by taking the form of actual...
Sukkot 1931
Judah the son of Teima would say: "... run like a gazelle ... to do the will of your Father in Heaven." Ethics of the Fathers, 5:20 The gazelle is unique in that when he runs, he turns his head back to the place from which he is running Zohar II, 14a The ...
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