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Friday, April 20, 2018

Insight 5778-27, The Paradox of the Omer

For Emor, Omer
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Friday, April 13, 2018


For Shemini
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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Insight 5778-25: THE MIRACLE AT YUM SUF

For Pesach and Beshalach
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My final message in the Insight would seem to actually supported by the fact that the opening verses in the Shira refer to God's Might against the Egyptians. This, I find, most significant in that the nation itself experienced their own miraculous salvation, passing through the Sea in a most tranquil way. This is really supported in the midrashic literature in that the land was dry and level and there were fruit trees growing from the water so that the people could enjoy a delicious fruit as they traveled. Yet, describing their own experience was not how they began the Shira for the greater reality of God's Existence is that He fills all aspects of Creation. As He saved the Jewish nation in such tranquility, He dealt with the Egyptians as they deserved, with the wrath of His Might -- and even, as the midrash explains, each Egyptian as individually deserving. That recognition of reality really brought forth shira.


Friday, March 23, 2018

Insight 5778-24: The Bystander

For Tzav
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Friday, March 9, 2018


For Vayahkel - Pekudei
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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Insight 5778-22: Purim

For Purim
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I just wish to clarify my point. The challenge we face in confronting the human condition demands depth as life is complex. A presentation of 'Stick figures' in attempting to explain the challenge human beings face in confronting the issue of good and evil -- and its internal conflict within each of us -- is, as such, misleading. What I am describing in the case of Haman, though, is the existence of the individual who strives to be but a 'stick figure' as this person wishes to avoid the actual complexity of the human condition. I am not using the 'stick figure' to describe the concept of good versus evil. What I am describing is the possible evil of an individual striving to be but only a 'stick figure. 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Insight 5778-21: FORMAL AND INFORMAL

For Tetzaveh
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