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...

Yitro: Idolatry – A Challenge?

by: Batya Hefter. He did it again. Rabbi Mordechai Yosef transforms a bygone prohibition into a living challenge.  לא תעשה לך פסל   ‘You shall not make a graven image’. In the ancient world people focused their attention on idols. How is this relevant today? Rabbi...

Vaera: The Long and Winding Road to Redemption

By: Batya Hefter Parshat Shmot ends with Moshe finally accepting his responsibility to redeem Israel from the tyranny of Pharaoh. Events do not unfold as he had anticipated and he is in terrible distress. Not only has Moshe been unsuccessful to redeem the people, but...

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...