Naaman wants a cure for his leprosy. Elisha tells him to bathe 7 times in the Yardin (Jordan) River. This shows that Israel’s land is unique and that so much of Yiddishkeit’s miracles are every day miracles.
This week’s Parsha tells us to Remember Amalek and, when doing business, to use accurate, honest measures. Hashem wants us to not only not be like Amalek but, when we ultimately go to Eretz Yisroel, to wipe away any memory of these people. Hashem clearly deplores people who attack the weak, the infirmed. People who … [Read more…]
This weeks parshas, Tatzria and Metzora, are all but exclusively about Tzaras. A spiritual disease that is contracted when an individual behaves socially inappropriately. And, when a person (or their house) contracts this malady, the remedy to rid oneself of this disease is to isolate oneself and to self-reflect. As we are self-isolating due to … [Read more…]
At one time, when we didn’t dip the Karpas into the salt water. We dipped the Karpas into red vinegar or Charoses with red wine. To this day, some Jews, including Sefardim, still dip the Karpas into red vinegar or Charoses with red wine. The idea being that we dip the Karpas into blood. (Apparently, … [Read more…]
One day, a soon-to-be Ger is a Goy. Then, moments later, the Ger is 100% a Jew. Not a single gene, chromosome, or biological aspect of the Ger has changed. Biologically, the Ger is the exact same. Yet, on the deepest level, this person has made a dramatic change. The key being that this dramatic … [Read more…]
Rabbi Yehuda Leib Graubart zzl, points out that this supposed children’s song is actually a very deep piece. The goat is good. And all is good. Until a cat comes a long and eats the goat. Because he ate this good, innocent goat, the cat is bad. So a dog comes along and eats the … [Read more…]
When you put your hand on a burning stove, it hurts and you immediately pull your hand away. The pain is obviously not a pleasant experience. But, at the same time, we recognize that the pain you experience was actually a gift. From this burn, we learn that G-d does not want us to press … [Read more…]
As Jews, Hashem tells us to remember Amalek. The Jews have had no shortage of enemies and our enemies have no shortage of bad middos. But Hashem specifically wants us to remember this enemy, Amalek. Even when Moshiach comes and Hashem brings us to Eretz Yisrael, remember Amalek. Amalek is important. And, for some reason, … [Read more…]