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Midot Hayom 5770 Day 25: Netzach in Netzach Print E-mail

sefirotWhile Moshe was writing [the Torah], a bit [of the ink] was left in the pen. He passed it over his head, and from this came his rays of glory. [The ink left in the pen refers to the secrets of the Torah that were not intended to be written down but were revealed to Moses (Eitz Yosef)] (Shemot Rabbah 47:6).

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Midot Hayom 5770 Day 24: Tiferet in Netzach Print E-mail

sefirotSince all were his disciples [even the elders] and he did not need [the elders] to conquer the land . . . and because he foresaw through Divine Inspiration that the people of Israel would eventually be subdued by the nations and their heads [lay leaders] would stand up for them [and appease the kingdoms, enabling the elders to continue

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Midot Hayom 5770 Day 23: Gevurah in Netzach Print E-mail

sefirotMoses was mighty (Nedarim 38a). All seven days of dedication of the tabernacle, Moses assembled the Tabernacle and disassembled it twice daily, without the help of any member of Israel (Bamidbar Rabbah 12:9). Moses’ voice carried the distance of a forty-day walk (Mechilta Bo 14).

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Midot Hayom 5770 Day 22: Chesed in Netzach Print E-mail

sefirot“He looked on their burdens” (Exodus 2:11). He wept and said, “Woe is to me because of you! Would that I might die for you!” for there is no job harder than working with clay. He would pitch in and help each of them. Ignoring his rank, he would arrange their burdens while pretending to be helping Pharaoh. Upon seeing that they had no rest,

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Sefirat HaOmer as an Art School Print E-mail
Written by Machberes Avodas Hashem   

Omer"There is no Rock (Tzur) like our God" means that there is no artist (Tzayar) like God. In what way? A mortal king draws a picture on a wall, but can he also draw on water? Yet The Holy One, Blessed Is He, forms
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Midot Hayom 5770 Day 21: Malchut in Tiferet Print E-mail
Written by Machberes Avodas Hashem   

sefirotIsaac said “the voice is Jacob’s voice” (Genesis 27:22) uttering words of the Unification of the Name and the study of torah. Moreover, when they announced in heaven, “the voice is Jacob’s voice,” the heavens quaked. Isaac gave Jacob ten blessings [one for each of the ten statements

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Midot Hayom 5770 Day 20: Yesod in Tiferet Print E-mail
Written by Machberes Avodas Hashem   

sefirotJacob was in great distress, [for] he feared that his father might recognize him and discover the [deception]. Then Esau’s spirit entered him [so that he would resemble Esau] and he cried, “Hashem, deliver my soul from lying lips” [i.e., from

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Haftarah: Kedoshim: The Violence of No Sanctity Print E-mail

ProphetsEzekiel 22:1-16: “Will you judge (Verse 2)?” can also be read, “Are you prepared to involve yourself in this issue?” (Rav Breuer on Yechezkel) “The city of bloodshed,” a city from which the soul has been banished
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Kedoshim: Kli Yakar: Orlah Print E-mail

KedoshimThe 7th of Iyar is the Yahrtzeit Rav Shlomo Ephraim of Luntchitz, author of Kli Yakar and Ololos Ephraim (1550-1619). Rav Shlomo Ephraim was born in Lunchitz in Poland. He was a disciple of Rav Shlomo

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Ralbag: Kedoshim: Holiness Print E-mail

KedoshimThe 6th of Iyar is the Yahrtzeit of Rav Levi ben Gershon (Ralbag), philosopher, and commentator on Chumash. Though a distinguished Talmudist, Rabbi Levi never held a rabbinical office. He earned a livelihood

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