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The final test

The final test

Why should Abraham purchase the burial cave for Sarah if G-d has already promised the land to him?Danny Ginsbourg, 27/10/2021 20:25
'And Hashem remembered Avraham' - and saved Lot?

'And Hashem remembered Avraham' - and saved Lot?

Lot chose to live in Sodom, the by-word for wickedness, and the antithesis of all that Avraham had taught him. So why save him?Danny Ginsbourg, 20/10/2021 13:31
The hidden conflict behind the Battle of the Kings

The hidden conflict behind the Battle of the Kings

Why would a battle between ancient kingdoms get such prominence in the parasha? Was it all that it seems?Danny Ginsbourg, 13/10/2021 10:28
Simchat Torah: The rejoicing OF the Torah

Simchat Torah: The rejoicing OF the Torah

Who rejoices on the approaching holiday, the Jewish people or the Torah? Grammatically, it is the Torah. What makes the Torah rejoice, then?Danny Ginsbourg, 27/09/2021 09:00
Sukkot: The powerful festival of two in-gatherings

Sukkot: The powerful festival of two in-gatherings

‘Every native in Israel shall dwell in Sukkot’(Emor 23;42), teaches that ‘all of Israel are deserving to sit in one Succah.’Danny Ginsbourg, 20/09/2021 11:19
The concealed holiday

The concealed holiday

In Rosh Hashanah, our Sages say, our main Mitzvah is: תמליכוני עליכם: Crown Me,  Hashem, over you’.Why should G-d want man to crown Him?Danny Ginsbourg, 05/09/2021 12:00
The Covenant with those who are not here with us today

The Covenant with those who are not here with us today

In Nitzavim, the Covenant with Hashem is described as binding future generations. How could those present bind those who are not present?Danny Ginsbourg, 02/09/2021 12:18
Ki Tetze: The beautiful captive woman

Ki Tetze: The beautiful captive woman

The Netziv asks:’’What is this beautiful woman, adorned and dressed in her finery, doing in battle?’"Danny Ginsbourg‏, 19/08/2021 22:01
The forty year-long Ulpan

The forty year-long Ulpan

During their forty years of desert wandering, the most crucial lessons of Israel's essence were tested and learned.Danny Ginsbourg, 29/07/2021 10:00
The ultimate Le'chayim

The ultimate Le'chayim

No matter how far a person has fallen in his observance of Torah and Mitzvot, there is always a way back- a life-line.Danny Ginsbourg, 20/07/2021 13:39
The Israelites' iron dome

The Israelites' iron dome

The Torah wants us to deduce something from the use of the word "regalim" instead of "peamim." The commentaries enlighten us.Danny Ginsbourg, 24/06/2021 22:19
The mitzva the nations mocked

The mitzva the nations mocked

The Red Heifer's meaning is not known, ’It is a decree from Hashem, and we do not question it.’ So how does it atone for the golden calf?Danny Ginsbourg, 15/06/2021 07:54
You, Moshe and Aaron, killed Hashem's people!

You, Moshe and Aaron, killed Hashem's people!

Were Moshe and Aaron guilty of the deaths of the 250 followers of Korach because they set a too difficult test for them?Danny Ginsbourg, 09/06/2021 12:04
Beha'alotcha: The lights of the Menorah still burn brightly

Beha'alotcha: The lights of the Menorah still burn brightly

How does the Oral Law connect the tribal leaders' offering, the Menorah - and Hannukah?Danny Ginsbourg, 27/05/2021 19:04
The timeless message of the suspended mountain

The timeless message of the suspended mountain

"The Holy One overturned the mountain above like a tub, and said:’If you accept the Torah-good, and if not- there will be your burial’."Danny Ginsbourg‏, 15/05/2021 20:44
The utter futility of speaking slanderously - lashon hara

The utter futility of speaking slanderously - lashon hara

One who slanders is implying that he is better than the slandered person - but worth is not based only on how others judge someone.Danny Ginsbourg, 14/04/2021 14:00
The Pesach Seder:  The Rosh Hashannah of Faith

The Pesach Seder: The Rosh Hashannah of Faith

The special time the Torah established, when the matzah and maror are before us, is a special time to pass on Emunah from father to son.Danny Ginsbourg, 23/03/2021 17:24
The second Tablets of the Law

The second Tablets of the Law

Hashem made the first tablets, and Moshe the second. Why do the Sages consider the second tablets more esteemed than the first?Danny Ginsbourg, 06/03/2021 19:31
The sanctuary built by the generous heart

The sanctuary built by the generous heart

The Israelites showed they were prepared to receive at Mount Sinai, but G-d wanted to know if they were also prepared to give.Danny Ginsbourg, 18/02/2021 18:37
'As one man with one heart'

'As one man with one heart'

Jews are enjoined to love their fellow Jews and not to seek revenge one from the other as this would be like taking revenge on one’s self.Danny Ginsbourg‏, 04/02/2021 22:54
Moses left Pharaoh's palace - and grew into greatness

Moses left Pharaoh's palace - and grew into greatness

Rav Ahron  Kotler says:’He ‘felt’ their suffering, as if it was his own."Danny Ginsbourg, 06/01/2021 09:23
Vayigash: Judah's justified 'ingratitude'

Vayigash: Judah's justified 'ingratitude'

Judah spoke harshly to Joseph. Why didn't he thank Joseph for his act of mercy, in reducing the sentence he had pronounced?Danny Ginsbourg, 25/12/2020 12:00
Which is harder, the test of poverty or the test of wealth?

Which is harder, the test of poverty or the test of wealth?

Jacob was faced with two diametrically opposed tests. He passed them both.Danny Ginsbourg, 26/11/2020 14:00
A paean of praise to our Matriachs, Sarah and Rivkah.

A paean of praise to our Matriachs, Sarah and Rivkah.

This Torah portion tells us that Abraham was blessed "with everything" and some commentators say that means having a daughter.Danny Ginsbourg, 13/11/2020 08:19
How could Abraham pray for the wicked people of Sodom?

How could Abraham pray for the wicked people of Sodom?

Rabbi Dessler: If they were allowed to remain alive, they would surely continue to transgress.Danny Ginsbourg, 06/11/2020 11:00
Over the rainbow

Over the rainbow

Clouds of sin can obscure the rainbow, the sign of our Covenant with Hashem. Its semicircular shape is not random, but deeply symbolic.Danny Ginsbourg‏, 21/10/2020 10:57
Sukkah - the mitzva that does not make you  'empty pocketed'

Sukkah - the mitzva that does not make you 'empty pocketed'

The Gemara says that G-d tested the non-Jews with the mitzva of Sukkah, easy to keep because it does not involve monetary loss, And?Danny Ginsbourg, 29/09/2020 11:21
The wondrous two he-goats

The wondrous two he-goats

Is atonement for sins between man and Hashem dependent on his having appeased his fellow man, for any sins against him?Danny Ginsbourg, 23/09/2020 10:53
Ki Tavo: Bikkurim, the offering of our hands

Ki Tavo: Bikkurim, the offering of our hands

The Torah stresses ‘the hands’ in the mitzva of Bikkurim, for a symbolic, moral and historic reason.Danny Ginsbourg, 04/09/2020 17:30
Why can't an Ammonite or Moabite be allowed to enter Am Yisrael for eternity?

Why can't an Ammonite or Moabite be allowed to enter Am Yisrael for eternity?

Just how basic is 'hakarat hatov,' refraining from being an ingrate, in Judaism - and why?Danny Ginsbourg, 26/08/2020 08:31
The myth of the self-made man

The myth of the self-made man

It is in the nature of man, to think that by his strength and acumen, he has prospered - but that is hubris.Danny Ginsbourg, 09/08/2020 07:45
The power of a mitzva

The power of a mitzva

Moshe’s fear of Og was not from the physical might of Og, but from Og’s ‘spiritual’ meritsDanny Ginsbourg‏, 23/07/2020 15:24
The righteous daughters of Zelophehad

The righteous daughters of Zelophehad

How come Moses does not know what answer to give five orphaned sisters who want to inherit their father's portion of Eretz Yisrael?Danny Ginsbourg‏, 07/07/2020 11:04
Why did Aaron die before Moshe? (for Korach and Chukat)

Why did Aaron die before Moshe? (for Korach and Chukat)

In Korach, Aaron's staff flowers, in Chukat he and Moshe both sin, so why is he punished first? Why didh't he also beg to enter the Land?Danny Ginsbourg‏, 26/06/2020 10:23
"Separating challah" - the women's mitzva that atones for the sin of the spies

"Separating challah" - the women's mitzva that atones for the sin of the spies

Our Sages see this mitzva as a pre-condition’ to entering the Land,a contra to the spies who should have kissed its stones and thanked G-d.Danny Ginsbourg, 15/06/2020 16:40
To receive the Torah, be like a desert!

To receive the Torah, be like a desert!

Mount Sinai was a humble mountain in a desolate desert. What does G-d's giving the Torah there try to tell us?Danny Ginsbourg, 27/05/2020 14:00