Did the Exodus Happen?

Posted in Uncategorized on March 2, 2015 by mgindin

http://mosaicmagazine.com/essay/2015/03/was-there-an-exodus/

New Lecture in March at the JCC

Posted in Uncategorized on February 25, 2015 by mgindin

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Rebbe Nachman: The Wisdom of Animals

Posted in Uncategorized on December 28, 2014 by mgindin

The Rebbe said that it takes both wisdom and great work to be like an animal. This is the aspect of “Every wise-hearted person whom God gave wisdom to is an animal” (Exodus 36:1). This refers to the wisdom to conduct oneself like an animal. (Sichot Ha-Ran 16).

The Rebbe here is playing on the word “behema”. In the original verse it means “within them” (behema), but with a change in vowels is read “animal” (beheima). The original Hebrew is unvowelized, allowing for this type of edifying word-play (MG).

Sichot Ha-Ran than continues with a further gloss (by Rabbi Natan?):

[Our Sages comment on the verse, “God saves both human and animal” (Psalm 36:7). Our Sages say that this refers to “people who are wise and clever, and conduct themselves humbly like animals” (Chullin 5b). This is also the meaning of Asaf’s words, “I was a fool, I did not know, I was (humble) like an animal before You”.]

A Menorah of Spears? | Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals

Posted in Uncategorized on December 15, 2014 by mgindin

A Menorah of Spears? | Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals.

Who is Really a Jew? | Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals

Posted in Uncategorized on December 10, 2014 by mgindin

Who is Really a Jew? | Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals.

A great article by the inimitable Rabbi Cardozo.

קתונתי

Posted in Uncategorized on November 30, 2014 by mgindin

This is the parsha wherw the pasuk for Yonatan Razel’s beautiful “Katonti” comes from:

Enjoy: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HZYivKwVmJc

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Music and Mashiach

Posted in Uncategorized on November 20, 2014 by mgindin

“The spiritual chamber (heichal) of music is close to the spiritual chamber of Mashiach.”

-The Kotzker Rebbe (Menachem Mendel of Kotzk, 1827-1859)

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