Noach: Language & Communication

By Rabbi Herzl Hefter G-d punishes the hubris of humanity by confounding their language and dispersing them to the corners of the Earth. This story calls our attention to the function of communication in the building of human civilization. “And the land was of one...

Ki Tetze: Who is “in” and who is “out”

By: Rav Herzl Hefter This week’s parsha tells of the unique status of four nations; Ammon, Moab, Egypt and Edom. Because of historical acts of cruelty and insensitivity these nations are barred from marrying into the Jewish People. According to our sages this is true...

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...