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Vayeshev: Inside and Out  
  Vayeshev: Inside and Out  
 
By Rabbi David Charlop
Update date: 11/20/2021, 18:51
 
Far from being selfish about our own "religious ecstasy", Jews committed to Torah want all of mankind to share in that sublime reality...  


Vayeshev: Leaders and Followers  
  Vayeshev: Leaders and Followers  
 
By Rabbi David Charlop
Update date: 11/20/2021, 18:50
 
"Leaders" must humbly serve the public without self-interest, while "followers" must be willing to heed those who possess these more universal strengths...  


Vayishlach: Sparks of Good  
  Vayishlach: Sparks of Good  
 
By Rabbi David Charlop
Update date: 11/13/2021, 19:01
 
There are sparks of holiness in different situations and places which need to be "converted", brought back to a source of holiness...  


Toldot: The Great Hijack  
  Toldot: The Great Hijack  
 
By Rabbi David Charlop
Update date: 10/30/2021, 19:49
 
Why did Isaac want to the bestow the blessings upon Esau? Didn't he understand the spiritual superiority of Jacob? Jacob's actions are also questionable...  


Chayei Sara: Mighty Matriarch  
  Chayei Sara: Mighty Matriarch  
 
By Rabbi David Charlop
Update date: 10/23/2021, 20:20
 
The Torah tells us about Rebecca's kindness; but at a closer look, we see her iron-clad inner strength and desire for the truth...  


Vayera: Perceptive Women  
  Vayera: Perceptive Women  
 
By Rabbi David Charlop
Update date: 10/16/2021, 20:38
 
Rashi infers from this week's parsha that Sarah was greater than Abraham in prophecy, therefore Abraham was told to follow her advice...  


Vayera: Casting Logic Away  
  Vayera: Casting Logic Away  
 
By Rabbi David Charlop
Update date: 10/16/2021, 20:39
 
Had Abraham decided to follow his own logic and prodigious intellect, he would have repeated the mistake of Adam all over again...  


Lech Lecha: The Tougher Test  
  Lech Lecha: The Tougher Test  
 
By Rabbi David Charlop
Update date: 10/9/2021, 20:32
 
In every generation there are Abrahams who withstand tests of faith which, according to the Midrash, are comparable to the Akeida itself...  


Noach: The Soul Connection  
  Noach: The Soul Connection  
 
By Rabbi David Charlop
Update date: 10/2/2021, 20:48
 
Noach was told to bring animals from all of the animal kingdom. They didn't randomly come but, in fact, were connected to Noach's spiritual world...  


Noach: Partners With Hashem  
  Noach: Partners With Hashem  
 
By Rabbi David Charlop
Update date: 10/2/2021, 20:48
 
We have a responsibility to ween ourselves away from the selfish child within us in order to become partners with Hashem in perfecting the world.  


Haazinu: Song of History  
  Haazinu: Song of History  
 
By Rabbi David Charlop
Update date: 9/11/2021, 21:15
 
Why a song? Our history is not a prosaic collection of facts and figures. Ours is a symphony of thousands of years, of Hashem's constant providence and love...  


Haazinu: Symphony for the Soul  
  Haazinu: Symphony for the Soul  
 
By Rabbi David Charlop
Update date: 9/11/2021, 21:15
 
The Torah is not a book of laws and stories but a song, a symphony for the collective souls of the Jewish people and all of mankind...  


Nitzavim: Balancing Body and Soul  
  Nitzavim: Balancing Body and Soul  
 
By Rabbi David Charlop
Update date: 8/29/2021, 04:53
 
We have been effected by the secular-world view which portrays man as basically driven by instincts. It is truly perplexing: do we have free choice or not?  


Ki Tavo: Harnessing the Snake  
  Ki Tavo: Harnessing the Snake  
 
By Rabbi David Charlop
Update date: 8/21/2021, 21:02
 
The killing done by the snake that has no particular benefit. This parallels those nations that kill and destroy without any direct gain.  


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