God as “Chief Branding Officer”—and Bezalel

Photo by Pixabay from Pexels This week's Bible portion, Vayakhel-Pekudai (Exodus 35:1-40:38 and Ezekiel 45:16 - 46:18) teaches us how God specifically named the people He wanted to build His place of worship in the desert. Bezalel (בְּצַלְאֵ֛ל) - "in God's shadow," was the primary craftsman.Oholiab (אָֽהֳלִיאָ֥ב) - "father's tent," was his assistant. The applicability of these names …

A Holy Space Free Of Instagram

Photo by Charlotte May on Pexels.com The Bible portion “Terumah,” read in synagogue on February 20, 2021, focuses on contributions from the community for the holy Sanctuary of God. God instructs Moses that the people should bring the most beautiful, valuable things on Earth in voluntary beneficence, so as to create this holy space (Exodus …

Gematria of Amalek: 240. Mockery, Insecurity, Self-Doubt

In this week’s Bible portion (“Beshalach,” meaning “when you are sent”), God sent the Jews out of slavery in Egypt, took them through the sea unharmed, and fed them in the unforgiving desert. Soon enough they are confronted by the enemy Amalek. Exodus 17:8: “וַיָּבֹ֖א עֲמָלֵ֑ק וַיִּלָּ֥חֶם עִם־יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל בִּרְפִידִֽם” “Amalek came and fought with Israel in …

Parshas Bo: Adam Schiff As A “Pharaoh”

We read “Bo” yesterday, in Exodus (10:1-13:16) In this portion “the [plague of the] death of the firstborn finally breaks Pharaoh’s resistance, and he literally drives the children of Israel from his land.”  https://www.chabad.org/parshah/article_cdo/aid/3250/jewish/Bo-in-a-Nutshell.htm Actually the Pharoah keeps relenting and changing his mind. He is full of arrogance about his personal magicians - they can …

Parshat Vayera: Evil Manufactures Consent Through Your Unconsciousness (11/16/2019)

There is a lot to talk about in this week's action-packed Torah portion. But I want to draw your attention to one incident in particular. Abraham's nephew Lot refuses the evil men of Sodom and Gomorrah entrance to his home. He knows they will rape his guests. The guests, who are really angels, convince Lot …