Mishpatim - weekly Torah portion

In many ways this week’s portion of the Torah begins to take the very succinct words of the Ten Commandments and attempts to provide us a broader view of expectations, laws and rules for our interaction with others and with God. It deals with the laws of the year of Shmita, it deals with the property of others, laws relating to slaves and laws that deal with foods and food consumption. We will find almost every aspect of life covered in the laws and regulations. In this portion of the Torah we read that “You shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and subverts the cause of the just.” It is a loud and clear call, when we receive something there is always a possibility tha

Yitro - weekly Torah portion

Sometimes we give credit and praise to a nation leader for greatness they do not really poses. We tend to promote them to unthinkable heights, sometime so high that even they fall into the trap and believe that what people think of them is really true. Sometimes, despite of their greatness, they are unable to see their own difficulties and continue practices that they have developed over time. Often, sooner or later, they will completely fail in their mission, and then, in line with a human’s character, will blame the rest of the world, but themselves, of such misdoing. If they are lucky they will meet someone who while recognizing their qualities will be able to place a mirror before them a

Beshalach - weekly Torah portion

In the Bavli Talmud we learn from Rabbi Joshoua the son of Hanania that he has never lost to a human but for a woman, a young girl and a young boy.” He continues on that young boy an explains, “What about this young boy? Once I was walking and I saw a young boy sitting at a fork of roads and asked him: what is the road I should take to the town? He told me: this one is short but ling and the other is long but short. So I decided to take the short but long way. Once I arrived to the twon I found it surrounded by gardens and groves, so I had to go back and told him: Son! You said it was ‘short’ and he responded: have I not told you ‘long’?” Many times we find ourselves pondering on which is th

Bo - weekly Torah portion

During the period of their leadership, leaders experience many challenges and difficulties. Many of those happen when there is a clash between the values represented by the leaders that face each other. In this week’s portion of the Torah we read about Moses and Aaron that continue the unavoidable clash with the Pharaoh of Egypt. The plagues continue and Moses receives the order, “Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, that I may perform these signs of Mine among them.” He of course does not arrive alone, “Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me? L

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