Bereishit

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The Essence of Names

After placing Adam in the Garden of Eden, the Torah recounts that God paraded all the animals before Adam to see what he would call them: “and whatever Adam called each creature, that was its name” (Genesis 2:19). Adam, according to Kabbalah and Chassidut, assessed the fundamental nature of each animal and identified the Hebrew […]

Rectifying the world

The Torah concludes the story of Creation with the following verse: “God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it for on it He rested from His work which God created to make” (Genesis 2:3). The Rabbis have noted that the infinitive “to make” appears to be redundant and somewhat contradictory: if the verse has just […]

Cain and Abel

Once, in the period following Rosh Hashanah, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach taught that three human emotions – jealousy, anger, and sadness – prevent human beings from receiving the Divine effluence of newness and renewal that flows into the world at the year’s beginning. He explained that each of these emotions prevents the mind and the heart […]