This week's parsha
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Make Them or Break Them - A Woman's Decision
One of them was brilliant, wealthy, holy, possessed impressive pedigree, and belonged to Moses' inner circle. The other was run-of-the-mill, with little to show for himself.
The first would die; the second would live.
Both because of the same reason: their wife's counsel.
A Fitting Antidote
How do we take religion out of the once-a-week class? How does one acquire a feeling of (and for) religion? Where does one derive the strength to live by religious ideals, even in moments of weakness? How can one develop a sense of closeness, an awareness of G‑d?
Among the mitzvahs that suffer from neglect bordering on repudiation, tzitzit ranks high. Simple, unobtrusive, yet highly potent in its effect on the observant, tzitzit is probably closer to legend than reality to most Jews. How many know what the word means? They are the fringes placed on four-cornered garments (tallit for instance), and one such garment, called arba kanfot, is generally worn under the shirt.
The man Moshe was exceedingly humble.
I (G‑d) speak to him . . . in a vision, not in riddles.
As a natural cynic employed to preach faith, I often find myself torn between so-called religious principles and my innate skepticism to reported occurrences of supernatural phenomena.
Take miracles, for instance. I love a good chassidic story of faith, fellowship and relief from suffering. Throw in a witty wordplay and a piece of psychology grounded in Torah, and I’m in clover. However, when the story hinges on miraculous interventions, I get uncomfortable. I start wondering about the veracity of the story. How was the evidence compiled? Who witnessed it and reported it? Even if verified, could this be nothing more than coincidence? If the story sounds implausible or too fantastic, is my uncertainty a sign of lack of faith?