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KDOSHIM

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The usual translation of the word kdoshim into English is “holy.” As is also usual in translations from Hebrew into English, it does not carry with it the nuance that is present in the original Hebrew word. Kdoshim is not exclusively meant to represent holiness in the common usage of the word but it encompasses a dedication and devotion to a cause, an idea - to a faith itself. The Lord Himself, so to speak, describes His own Being as being not only holy but also as being dedicated – dedicated to fulfill His Will through the people of Israel, their history, behavior, events and destiny. By describing Himself in this fashion, God reassures us that there is purpose to our lives and...

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SEEING ISRAEL

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Since I have spent the past two weeks outside of Israel I have come to the conclusion that the only way to truly see and appreciate Israel is by stepping away from it a little bit, so to speak – to see it from afar. Those of us who are blessed to live in Israel, many times on a regular daily basis gain a very myopic view of the country, its struggles and accomplishments. The rabbis in their usual incisive and pithy way phrased it as follows: “Those to whom miracles occur are unable to recognize the miracles that befall them.” The nature of human beings is to concentrate on the details and not see the larger picture in historical or societal perspective. Midrash points out to us...

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