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Rabbi Simcha Weinberg| The Foundation Stone™| Torah| Judaism| Hebrew Bible
Biblical Personalities-Moses’ Light-For Us, Not Him Print E-mail
Written by Machberes Avodas Hashem   

Bible-Biblical-Personalities-Midrash-MosheIt is written, “And Moses did not know that there were beams of splendor on his face (Exodus 34:29).” It is important that we understand the Torah's intent in telling us that, “Moses did not know.” What purpose did this serve,
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Biblical Personalities-Moshe-Rectifying with Knowledge Print E-mail
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Bible-Biblical-Personalities-Midrash-MosheThe entire universe is a complete structure, corresponding to the human form, Partzuf. This is the mystery of the parallel between “universe, year and soul.” Every detail that exists in the individual person also exists in the human
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Biblical Personalities-Moshe-Universal Soul Print E-mail
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Bible-Biblical-Personalities-Midrash-Moshe“When a person repents, forgiveness is granted both to him and to the whole world (Yoma 86b).” How does one person’s repentance bring about forgiveness for the whole world? This happens because the penitent awakens thoughts
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Biblical Personalities-Moshe-Death With a Kiss Print E-mail
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Moshe-Moses-Yahrtzeit-AdarThe 7th of Adar is the Yahrtzeit of Moshe Rabbeinu, whom, we are taught, died by means of a Divine Kiss: Let us explain the concept of death by means of the Divine Kiss: Our Sages said: Rabbi Abahu gazed upon thirteen rivers
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Biblical Personalities-Moshe-Humility and Life Print E-mail
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Shabbat-Sabbath-Prayer-Kavanot-Kavanah-MosheThe 7th of Adar is the Yahrtzeit of Moshe Rabbeinu, the most humble of men: The meekness and humility of our Teacher Moses is implanted in every Jew, indeed in his every limb. But this humility and meekness are concealed and
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Bible-Personalities-Moshe and The Burning Bush Print E-mail

Bible-Biblical-Personalities-Midrash-Moshe-Moses-Burning-BushMoshe saw the Burning Bush on the 15th of Nisan (Rabbeinu Bachya, Bo): My wife told me that I was talking in my sleep: “Red eyed from wine (Genesis 49:12),” Rashi explains that this is an allusion to the great
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Hallel for Rosh Chodesh Adar Paragraph One Print E-mail

HallelAccording to the Chasid Ya’avetz, the key verse of the Adar Hallel is, “The heavens are God’s, while the earth has been given to people.” The Purim challenge is how we choose to live in this world
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Hallel for Rosh Chodesh Adar Paragraph Two Print E-mail

HallelThe Chasid Ya’avetz continues his commentary on Hallel by pointing out that the Children of Israel sang because the miracles were a demonstration of God’s deep and abiding love for them. They saw beyond the miracles,
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Hallel for Rosh Chodesh Adar Paragraph Three Print E-mail

HallelThe Chasid Ya’avetz introduces this paragraph by explaining it as the praise of Israel when they have survived tragedy, and have experienced a ‘taste’ of the World to Come, a world of endless possibilities and potential -
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Hallel for Rosh Chodesh Adar: Paragraph Four Print E-mail

HallelThe “Servant of God” who is singing the Hallel sees life as a series of challenges to grow as a human being and maximize his potential. He understands that each situation promises an opportunity of eternal blessing as celebrated
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