Wanting good, and continuing to want to do whatever good we can, no matter where we might find ourselves in life, is the only thing that IS truly in our hands.
Heart of the Parsha
The Menorah in the Holy Temple represented the light of the tzaddik, who shines onto every Jew. We too can shine onto others…
Vayakhel: Spread the Light
We learn something very precious from the fact that keeping Shabbat precedes even building the holy Tabernacle…
Ki Tisa: Have Compassion … Receive Compassion!
When we have mercy on other people, so too we are judged with mercy and favor. We too, like Moshe, can emulate Hashem’s attribute of mercy by being compassionate to others.
Tetzaveh: Connect to the Tzaddik
Pure oil was brought to Moshe because he was the true Tzaddik who could awaken and illuminate the soul of each individual Jew, which is rooted in the Torah...
Terumah: Turn Cruelty into Mercy
We are naturally selfish by nature. When we get out of worrying about ourselves and our problems and give to others, we gain more than what we gave - physically and spiritually.
Mishpatim: Time and Shabbat
We can taste and experience a little bit of Heaven here in this world through the holiness of Shabbat – including the feeling of the nullification of time...
Yitro: The Power of Desire
Our only choice is either to want or to despair. The pain of wanting without realizing our goal fuels us to pray and work even harder. There is no despair!
Beshalach: Lost Princess and Inner Child
During a person’s entire life he is on a journey to reach the goal, to actualize all of the potential he has inside and to be who he is truly supposed to be...
Bo: Good Points
The good inside of me is one with Hashem. The minute that a person recognizes this and appreciates it, it’s like flicking a switch…
Toldot: Born or Bred?
There is a great debate about whether our character traits are inborn and unchangeable, or developed through the course of our lives. The Torah says that both are true...
Haazinu: A Book of Prayers
This Torah portion is the song of Moshe Rabbeinu, who teaches us to turn the Torah into a song and into prayer.
Nitzavim: Rosh Hashanah with the Tzaddik
There is a good reason why it is a Jewish tradition to travel to be with a tzaddik for Rosh Hashanah – it isn’t just a Breslev thing!
Ki Tavo: Renewal
No matter what difficulties we face, we can renew ourselves by remembering all of the kindnesses Hashem has done for us until now, and praying for the future.
Ki Teitzei: Find Yourself Again
We forgot who we are. We got lost. We go searching for our lost objects, for the Torah we forgot when we were born, for our special mission. Only one person can help us find it…
Shoftim: Become Your True Self
When we hear the word “teshuva,” we usually think of blaming ourselves and beating our breasts. But real teshuva – repentance – is about becoming our real selves.
Re’eh: Healing the Heart
The tzaddik can heal our heart, but so can finding the unique point within ourselves. This is also part of the reason why we need to pray in the first place…
Ekev: Not by Bread Alone
This week's portion shows us two fundamentals of life – that we do not live on food alone, and that by sighing we can invite God into our life and change our lives for the better.