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Re'ei: Crossing The River

“In the “Judgment” of the Book of Changes, whenever one encounters dangerous circumstances the advice is always: “Cross the river.” One can see from this that the real purpose of boats is to deliver people from danger rather than to provide comfort.” Pleasure Boat Studio...

Fear of Change

He truly bore the deformity of baldness very badly, having experienced often his vulnerability to the jokes of his detractors. For that reason he was even accustomed to “recall” his thinning strands from the very top of his head, and out of all the honors...

Elul: Future Oriented

Rav Kook describes the Patriarchs as being very present in Olam Hazeh – this world – yet always focused on the future. Each step they took in the present was focused on their ultimate future in the World to Come. Elul is a time of looking...

Psalm 27: It's Good!

“God is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear.” (Psalm 27:1) “She (Yocheved) saw that he (Moshe) was good” (Exodus 2:2) It has been taught in a Baraita: Rabbi Meir says “Tov” – Good – was Moshe’s original name. The Sages say that when...