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Moses in Every Generation

After Moses tells the people that he pleaded with God to let him enter the Promised Land, he rebukes the people saying, “But God became angry with me because of you and He did not listen to me” (Deuteronomy 3:26). The Arizal derived a remarkable concept from this verse. The words “became angry with me” […]

Cleaving to God

“And you who cleave to God, your God, you are all alive today” (Numbers 4:4). The Sages ask how the mitzvah of cleaving to God can be accomplished when He is described in this very portion as a “consuming fire” (Deuteronomy 4:24)! They answer that by cleaving to Torah scholars, we are, as it were, […]

The Potency of Prayer

At the beginning of Va’etchanan, Moses recounts how he pleaded with God to let him enter the Land of Israel: And I implored (va’etchanan) God at that time saying, “My God, you have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your strong hand, for what power is there in the heaven or on earth […]

The Heart of Heaven

In Va’etchanan, Moses once again recounts the awesome Giving of the Torah at Sinai. A key phrase that describes the event is “and the mountain was burning in fire till the heart of heaven” (Numbers 4:11). “Till the heart of heaven” was one of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach’s favorite expressions, one he often used when trying […]