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Creation, Israel, and Humility

On the Torah’s first verse, Rashi makes the following comment: “Rabbi Yitzhak said: ‘The Torah should have started with ‘this month will be for you the first of the months,’ because this was the first mitzvah commanded to Israel.” In essence Rabbi Yitzchak seems to be stating that the Torah should not have begun with […]

Repentance and the Small Alef

The small alef, a symbol of humility, teaches us many things about the nature of teshuvah, whether we understand the term in its narrow sense as repentance or in its broader sense as a return to God. The wisdom and secrets concerning the setting up of the Jewish calendar given to the Jewish people on […]