Welcome to the Nishma Insight Discussion Forum blog.


The NISHMA INSIGHT is our popular dvar Torah, distributed almost every week by e-mail, that touches upon an important concept in the Parsha, theme in a holiday or event in contemporary society.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Insight 5777-41: The Subtlety of True Ethics

For Ekev
Not yet available on the Nishma website

Friday, August 4, 2017

Insight 5777-40: The Struggle of Faith

For V'etchanan
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Friday, July 28, 2017

Insight 5777-39: AVEILUT AND TZOM

For Tisha B'Av
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Friday, July 21, 2017

Insight 5777-38: FINDING THE BALANCE

For Parshat Mattot
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It is interesting to note, in consideration of the thoughts expressed in the Insight, the midrashic view that the tribe of Gad was really motivated, in their request for this land on the other side of the Jordan, by a desire to remain in the land in which Moshe was buried. They wanted to stay near their teacher. See Yalkut Shimoni, Vezot HaBracha 962.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Insight 5777-37: Dignity

For Parshat Balak
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Friday, June 30, 2017

Insight 5777-36: THE FLOW OF THE TEXT

For Parshat Chukkat
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This recognition of how distraught the Jewish People were in response to Miriam's death may also, perhaps, provide some insight into their behaviour in regard to their request for water. The nation suffered a great loss and they felt it. This may have affected even this new generation which would be entering the land. The emotions of the moment may have been a mitigating factor.

This may also have been a factor in regard to Moshe and Aharon. They lost their sister. This fact still does not explain what transpired with them -- which ultimately is seen as a mystery -- but their emotions of the moment may be a matter to consider in some way. (The fact is that this would be a factor which would make them possibly less culpable, adding to the overall question of what actually happened that brought forth this response from God.)

RBH

Friday, June 23, 2017

Insight 5777-35: GETTING THE MESSAGE

For Parshat Korach
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