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...

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...