Lech Lecha: Is Faith Certainty?

by Batya Hefter Pinat Ramban – Parshat Lech Lecha God promised Avraham: “All the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever. I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars in the sky.” The Ramban asks (Bereishit 15:2) “How could...

Reflections on Moshe and Rebuke- Tisha B’Av 5777

Batya Hefter – Rosh Beit Midrash “And these are the words”(Dvarim 1:1)  says Rashi, ‘these are words of rebuke’ Parshat Dvarim is always read the Shabbat before Tisha B’av. The linguistic parallel between Moshe words “איכהאשא לבדי טרחכם” and  איכה ישבה...

The Celestial and Earthly Jerusalem

by Rav Herzl Hefter Rabbi Yohanan said: the Holy One Blessed Be He said, “I shall not dwell in the Celestial Jerusalem (Yerushalayim shel ma’alah) until I dwell in the Earthly Jerusalem (Yerushalyim shel matah) ”There is a well-known dispute between Maimonides and...