Category Archives: Torah Thoughts

Separate and Sanctified: A Torah Thought for Parashat Kedoshim by Moshe Feiglin

Speak to the entire Congregation of the Children of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall be holy for I, Hashem your G-d, am holy. A person must fear his mother and father and keep My Sabbaths, I am […]

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Israel’s Economic Miracle: A Torah Thought for Parashat Metzora by Moshe Feglin

“And Elisha said: Listen to the word of G-d, for so says G-d: At this time tomorrow a measure of fine flour will cost one shekel and two measures of barley will cost one shekel on the Shomron exchange. And […]

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Sanctity of Time from the Temple Mount: A Torah Thought for Parashat Hachodesh by Moshe Feiglin

Illustration courtesy of The Temple Institute  
Beside the regular Torah reading this Shabbat, we also have a special reading : Parashat Hachodesh, always read in proximity to the beginning of the month of Nissan, tells of G-d’s directive to Moses to […]

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We Work for G-d: A Torah Thought for Parashat Shemini by Moshe Feiglin

And  Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took each of them his censer, and put fire therein, and laid incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them.
            2 And there came forth […]

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The ‘Rule of Law’ Gang in Ancient Persia: A Torah Thought for Purim by Moshe Feiglin

When Sharon introduced his “Disengagement” idea, it seemed like nothing more than a preposterous dream. Nobody understood what the State of Israel would gain from perpetrating this horrible crime against thousands of Israeli citizens. Nobody deceived themselves into thinking that […]

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The Paradox of G-d’s House on Earth: A Torah Thought for Parashat Pekudai by Moshe Feiglin

The concept of a Temple, a physical place that humans build to serve as G-d’s dwelling place, as described in this week’s Torah portion, Pekudai, is paradoxical. In his speech at the dedication ceremony of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, […]

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It’s in our DNA: A Torah Thought for Parashat Vayakhel by Moshe Feiglin

One day when I was in grade school, a rabbi came to my classroom with an impressive photo album. The album contained beautiful pictures of the reproductions of the Temple vessels and the priestly garments. The Temple Institute had not […]

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Why the Extremes? A Torah Thought for Parashat Ki Tisah by Moshe Feiglin

It is hard to think of a Torah portion more frenetic than our current portion, Ki Tisah. From the loftiest heights to the deepest low. From the Holy Temple and its holy vessels – the purpose of creation; from the […]

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Politics, Prayer and Sovereignty: A Torah Thought for Parashat Tetzaveh by Moshe Feiglin

43 And there I will meet with the children of Israel; and [the Tent] shall be sanctified by My glory.
44 And I will sanctify the tent of meeting, and the altar; Aaron also and his sons will I sanctify, to minister […]

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Connecting to Eternity: A Torah Though for Parashat Terumah by Moshe Feiglin

And they will make me a sanctuary and I will dwell in their midst. (From this week’s Torah portion, Terumah, Exodus 25:8)
Last week’s Torah portion, Mishpatim, deals mostly with “regular” laws. The French also know that a son must not […]

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