Shabbat Table Talk

Parshat Tezaveh: Character Illumination

There’s a well-known Hebrew phrase used when giving directions to a person wandering towards a destination: Yashar, Yashar Vetishal Shamah. It means, “Go straight, straight and then ask.” While this is functional, it is not always satisfying because we like to have an idea of where we …

Giving is Living Terumah

The Hebrew word for “glasses” is “mishkafayim;” and the Hebrew word for “philosophy” is “hashkafa.” The reason the two words are related is because how you see the world depends on what your philosophy is. We are fortunate to have the Torah as our heritage and our collective …

An Eye for an Eye

As a rule, the Torah says what it means and means what it says. There is one glaring exception to this rule: An eye for an eye. This verse in Exodus 21: 22-25 is interpreted Talmudically to mean “monetary compensation for damages.” The obvious question is, why didn’t the Torah just say…

The Impact of Our Words

People love to be the bearer of good news. At home, at the office, on Zoom, or wherever we are; when we have good news to share, we like to do so. Most of the time people meet our good news with warm feelings of congratulations and smiles; but sometimes one of the listeners may not appreciate…

Acquisitions For Eternity

Did you ever find yourself in an exciting space and lose your footing? You meet your favorite professional athlete or actor, and you simply go numb and forget all the things you would have wanted to ask them. Or at a family simcha celebration, you are so caught up in the festivities that you…