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COLLECTING ONIONS in a field in the Judean Valley. The farmer must let his fields lay fallow during
Parashat Behar-Bechukotai: Humility as a condition for Torah

Every seventh year, farmers in the Land of Israel must let their fields lie fallow and surrender the harvest to society – Jews and non-Jews – and even to animals.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
14/05/2020
After a year of trial-and-error, the Hebrews built a Tabernacle – so that God could dwell within the
Parashat Emor: A life of ‘kiddush Hashem’ – sanctifying the Name of God

What is missing in our earthly existence that is filled by the sacred?

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
07/05/2020
THIS IS a good time for strengthening deep family relationships: Gedalyahu family, 1948, Petah Tikva
Parashat Shmini: Clarity and lucidity of a spiritual leader

Clarity, lucidity of thought, and decisiveness are necessary to be able to distinguish between the sacred and the profane.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
16/04/2020
Parashat Tzav and independent spiritual work

The main lesson humanity is learning now is that we shouldn’t count on the system to work for the individual. People understand that whoever doesn’t take care of himself, others cannot do it for him.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
03/04/2020
Parsha Vayakhel Pekudei: Quarantine, loneliness, and unconditional love

These are difficult times. We all send wishes for a speedy and complete recovery to all those who are sick, and condolences to the bereaved families. Our hearts are with you!

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
20/03/2020
‘THE ALTAR of incense.’  (Print from the Phillip Medhurst Collection of Bible illustrations;
Parashat Ki Tisa: turning a bad smell to a good aroma

One of the directives pertains to the making of the incense, a blend of herbs and balms placed on coals inside the Mishkan, which spread a pleasant smell

‘PRIESTS OF the Tabernacle,’ with high priest at center, wearing the ‘hoshen hamishpat.’ (Illustrati
Parashat Tetzaveh: One end, a variety of means

One of the unique items of clothing belonging to the kohen gadol, the high priest, was called Hoshen HaMishpat, which the kohen wore on his chest.

Parashat Mishpatim: Clarity and choice

When we teach, our goal is not only to bequeath knowledge. We want to have our student internalize the content. The material has to be presented to the students “like a table, set and prepared to eat

‘THE TORAH is a book that establishes the status of the common man.’
Parashat Yitro - To whom is God speaking?

God spoke to everyone and wanted a partnership with everyone

THE FAMOUS Egyptian pyramids are a perfect example of ancient Egypt’s power and spiritual decay
PARASHAT VA’ERA: The beginnings of freedom

This week, in parashat Va’era, we begin to read about the exodus from Egypt. Most of the story is devoted to the 10 plagues, the 10 supernatural phenomena that afflicted Egypt.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
24/01/2020
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