Ki Tisa: Moshe Repairs the Flaw of Noach

by Batya Hefter Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev teaches us that “Moshe is the tikkun (repair) for the soul of Noah” (Keddushat Levi, Noach).   This idea is based on the Ari z”l in Sha’ar Hagilgulim who says that Moshe is a gilgul, a reincarnation of Noah. This idea...

Vayakhel: Seeing with the Heart

by: Batya Hefter “Moshe said to the children of Israel, ‘See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Yehuda, and he has filled him with the spirit of God – in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and with...

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: What’s in a Name?

By: Rabbi Herzl Hefter 2 And God spoke to Moses and said to him: “I am the LORD. 3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty (El Shaddai), but by My name LORD (YHVH) I was not known to them.   The Divine name El-Shaddai has a number of...