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We are all kabbalists

We are all kabbalists

KABBALAH means receiving. It means taking in the spiritual energy coming down. It means doing nothing active.

This week’s Torah portion presents the purest opposite: creating something from nothing. Via a neder (“vow”), a person can actually create a piece of Torah. A neder is doing something active to the highest degree. Here, we must expel “vow,” the best available translation of neder — but not good enough.

To unfold all this, we turn to the Torah commentary of Shlomo Carlebach.

The revolutionary of Jewish music, Carlebach is lesser known as a scholar. In fact, he was a master interpreter of the Torah, albeit in his unscholarly idiom. Another singer, Shlomo Katz, has begun to publish Carlebach’s Torah commentary, with two volumes out on Genesis (Urim).

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Did Pinchas the Zealot win or lose?

Did Pinchas the Zealot win or lose?IN this country we have learned that it is not enough to win the war. Did we win the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam or South Korea? For my purposes here, that’s moot. “Wars” are too big to comprehend. Individual soldiers are not. Even if they were heroes, even if we did win the wars in which they fought, individual soldiers may have lost. Today we speak of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD.
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What’s with the number seven?

What’s with the number seven?EVERYONE knows that the Sabbath falls once every seven days. Did you also know: David, King of Israel, was the seventh son of Yishai. Seven weeks divide Passover from Shavuot. Moses was the seventh generation after Abraham. Genesis describes the creation of the world in seven days. The seventh generation after Adam was Henoch, the only person described in all of scripture to be “taken by G-d” due to his righteousness. The Land of Israel is to lie fallow once every seven years (shmita)....
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Is there order in the Torah?

Is there order in the Torah?ORDER in the court! Order in this sense means silence, or good behavior. Order in the Torah means sequence. Did the events recorded in the Torah actually happen in the sequence in which they are recorded? The question seems almost non-sensical. Who writes things out of order? Actually, both fiction and non-fiction are filled with events out of order: with flashbacks, with contemporary references in histories, with oscillations between one generation and another, or within early and later stage...

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 June 2014 04:35 )

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Is prayer an attempt to manipulate G-d?

Is prayer an attempt to manipulate G-d?AS we go to press, people around the world are praying for the safety and release of the three boys apparently kidnapped in Israel on June 12. What do we expect to happen from these prayers? If the boys are released, does that mean that we manipulated  G-d? If the boys are not released, does that mean that G-d does not listen to our prayers? What is prayer, exactly? In this column, I concentrate on petitionary prayer, leaving for another time prayers that constitute praise of G-d and grati...

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 June 2014 02:30 )

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Blaming Birthright for a Gaza death

Julie Wiener Slate’s Allison Benedikt first provoked Israel supporters with an angry essay about being brainwashed by Young Judaea. Now she’s blaming Birthright Israel for the death of a soldier in Gaz... [Link]

Why the Tel Aviv flight cancellations are such a blow to Israel

Uriel Heilman The airlines’ decisions to cancel flights to and from Tel Aviv were a distressing reality check to a country that prides itself on being an island of normalcy in a sea of chaos. ... [Link]

Kerry lands in Israel for cease-fire talks

Ron Kampeas U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Israel to advance cease-fire talks between Hamas and Israel. ... [Link]

After flight cancellations, a waiting game at Ben Gurion Airport

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