Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Vertical Dimension

I’ve always wondered about the catalog of sins, some I’ve committed, some I’m pretty sure I haven’t, that I recite on Yom Kippur as well as the smaller version                      ….אָשַׁמְנוּ, … Continue reading

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More Thoughts on Vision and Fear

(There is an irony/synchronicity of the previous article posting just before the Shabbat we read Parshat Balak, as well as the Mussar Workshop itself occurring that day.) Not only are this Torah portions’s first words (BaMidbar 22:2), וַיַּרְא בָּלָק, VaYa’r Balak, And Balak … Continue reading

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יראה Yirah (Fear/Awe/Vision)

(This is another of the series of Mussar workshops I assist with.) וּרְאִיתֶם אֹתוֹ וּזְכַרְתֶּם אֶת־כָּל־מִצְוֹת ה’ וַעֲשִׂיתֶם אֹתָם וְלֹא תָתוּרוּ אַחֲרֵי לְבַבְכֶם וְאַחֲרֵי עֵינֵיכֶם אֲשֶׁר־אַתֶּם זֹנִים אַחֲרֵיהֶם (במדבר  טו:לט) And you shall look at them (tzitzit) and recall all … Continue reading

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It Takes A Worried Man To Sing A Worried Song

We Jews certainly worry a lot.  It’s true that, over the generations, we have had a lot to worry about, much of that concerned with survival in a series of hostile environments.  Perhaps that pressure and danger developed in us … Continue reading

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A Simple Mussar Technique

There are infinite facets to Torah and we have complex relationships with it.  Ideally, we’re supposed to use Torah in order to better and refine the world, both Olam Gadol, the macrocosm of the universe and Olam Katan, the microcosm, … Continue reading

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Objective Versus Relative Truth

The previous article, discussing the absurd, yet effective inversion of history by Dotan and Abiram, raises the contemporary issue of narratives and how to evaluate them. Our tradition, actually, provides a set of straightforward techniques to verify/generate statements that, to … Continue reading

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Eternally True For Every Generation

Until the most recent years, I was always baffled by Dotan and Abiram in the upcoming weekly Torah selection, Parshat Korach.  Why bother with their nonsense?  Did they really think anyone would take their “arguments” against Moshe seriously? יג הַמְעַט … Continue reading

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