As the Jewish people slowly begin their preparation to enter and conquer the land of Israel, Moshe informs them that, of course, God will be there to help along the way...Read More
It would seem appropriate that the actual kabbalistic texts be subdivided into categories based on who wrote them. For it is quite certain, for instance, that a quote from the Zohar, which we consider a part of Chazal, can’t be equated to a quote from the writings of the Arizal...Read More
In this week’s parsha the Jews complain yet again. Incredulously, the nation protests that they have no bread or water. So, as punishment for this complaint, God sends a plague of snakes that bite and kill many of them...Read More
After having explained the opinions of Rambam and Ramban on the general topic of ta’amei ha’mitzvos, we now return to the original (seemingly troubling) Gemara with which we began this series...Read More
In this week’s parsha comes the latest in a series of complaints from the Jewish people against Moshe and his leadership. Korach rallies the nation behind him, attacking the priestly status of Aharon...
Having clarified Rambam’s position on the subject, we now turn our attention to Ramban, the other major source on the topic of ta’amei ha’mitzvos. We began this series with a discussion of shiluach ha’kein, and Ramban elaborates on his approach to ta’amei ha’mitzvos in his discussion of this topic...Read More
Before one can understand the interaction of kabbalah and halacha, one must understand how the larger halachic process works. Generally, our halacha is determined by the Oral Torah, comprised of the two Talmuds, and the various Midrashim...Read More