Haftarah 01/25/14 – part 5

Standing upright in the presence of HaShem (Parsha Nitzavim)

Atem nitsavim hayom kulechem lifney Adonay Eloheychem rasheychem shivteychem zikneychem veshotreychem kol ish Yisra’el. Tapechem nesheychem vegerecha asher bekerev machaneycha mechotev etseycha ad sho’ev meymecha. Le’overecha bivrit Adonay Eloheycha uve’alato asher Adonay Eloheycha koret imcha hayom. Today you are all standing before God your Lord – your leaders, your tribal chiefs, your elders, your law […]

The Ten Rungs

The Ten Rungs by Martin Buber is a collection of Hassidic tales.  In this school paper from Rabbinical Student Patrick Aleph, we discuss Jewish Panentheism, what it really means to “destroy the ego”, and what proper intent really is.

Transforming the Mundane Into the Sacred: Parsha Acharei Mot (Lev. 16:1-18:30)

Transforming the Mundane into the Sacred Parsha Acharei Mot (Lev. 16:1-18:30) Long before John F. Kennedy declared, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country,” Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, the founder of Chabad Chassidism, said something similar to a self-absorbed disciple seeking blessing: “Until now […]

Was Moses That Great? Connecting Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers with Parsha Shemot (Class Notes)

Parshah Shemot: What Makes Moses So Special, Anyway? Prepared by Patrick Aleph – [email protected]  – www.punktorah.org There has never since arisen a prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face (Deut. 34:10 – JPS 1918, translated by Patrick) If Moses were running for president, would you vote for him? Murderer: He […]