11 Cheshvan 5782 / Sunday, October 17, 2021 | Torah Reading: Lech Lecha
 
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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.  


Ki Tavo: The Simcha Connection  
  Ki Tavo: The Simcha Connection  
 
By Rabbi David Charlop
Update date: 8/21/2021, 21:01
 
The master has no qualms about having a superficial and impersonal connection with his servant. For the father, this option is far from ideal...  


Ki Teitzei: Gangster@13  
  Ki Teitzei: Gangster@13  
 
By Rabbi David Charlop
Update date: 8/14/2021, 21:12
 
Why does the wayward Bar Mitzvah boy - the ben sorer - deserve such a stiff penalty? He wants to live a gluttonous lifestyle while still being "religious"...  


Ki Teitzei: Three Culprits  
  Ki Teitzei: Three Culprits  
 
By Rabbi David Charlop
Update date: 8/14/2021, 21:11
 
The "Natziv" of Volozhin identifies three root causes of prohibitions - mistaken beliefs and outlooks, flawed character traits, and physical desire...  


Shoftim: Fate of the False Witness  
  Shoftim: Fate of the False Witness  
 
By Rabbi David Charlop
Update date: 8/7/2021, 21:36
 
When witnesses falsely accuse a person, they intend to do damage. Their malicious thoughts set in motion a new and negative reality...  


Partners in Creation  
  Partners in Creation  
 
By Rabbi David Charlop
Update date: 8/7/2021, 21:33
 
Although it is much easier to "sit back" as a spectator of life and watch the beauty and unity of creation, that is not what we are here for.  


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  Re'eh: The Treasured Nation  
 
By Rabbi David Charlop
Update date: 7/31/2021, 21:48
 
We grow up learning about our "inalienable rights". Surprisingly, though, if one searches the Torah, there is no mention of rights...  


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