Beshalach: Spiritual Heights & Beyond

By: Batya Hefter The spiritual impact of Kriyat Yam Suf (where a mere handmaiden comprehended a divine revelation that the prophet Yechezkiel Ben Buzi did not have access), second only to Matan Torah, is described metaphorically by the Beit Ya’akov as follows: “They...

Beshalach: To Choose Freedom Over Victimhood

By: Rabbi Herzl Hefter And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with a high hand. When the children of Israel left Egypt, they faced a choice; to maintain a posture of...

Teruma: Making Space for God

By: Batya Hefter “Take for Me an Offering” King Solomon asked, “The heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have built?” Yet we are told that the Tabernacle is a place for God. How is it really possible to create a space...

Tetzaveh: You Are What You Wear

By: Batya Hefter “These are the vestments that they shall make: a breastplate, an ephod, a robe, a knitted tunic, a turban and a sash” (Shemot 28:4). Upon reading the list of Aharon HaKohen’s holy garments, one can’t but notice that the most significant article is...